LaShondà Steward joined the Guttmacher Institute as Communications Director in September 2019. As part of the Institute’s executive management team, LaShondà is responsible for setting Guttmacher’s domestic and global communications vision and strategy, which includes articulating priorities and processes that support the Institute’s goals, and strengthening the Guttmacher’s brand. She has nearly two decades of experience in strategic communications and marketing in domestic and global public health.
Prior to joining Guttmacher, LaShondà served as a vice president for several management consulting firms, specializing in strategic communications and partnerships for domestic and global health clients. In these roles, she built and managed diverse teams of as many as 30 staff, consultants and vendors, and managed budgets of up to $3 million.
LaShondà’s work has also included the coordination of strategic partnerships to ensure education and information, including access to care, were available to communities with the greatest need. She has worked for, and with, a range of organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, World Health Organization and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, for whom she developed communications and dissemination strategies on initiatives related to HIV/AIDS, STIs, tuberculosis, malaria and viral hepatitis. She also brings extensive international experience working with government agencies and development agencies in Central America, Central Asia and Africa, including in-country experience in Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
LaShondà earned a BBA from Howard University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She has completed the Leadership Development Program at Johns Hopkins University and is working toward her certification in project management. LaShondà is currently pursuing her PhD in business psychology.