William H. Moore, Executive Director
William Moore has served as Executive Director of The Eleanor Crook Foundation since 2015. He was formerly Chief Storyteller at the United Nations Millennium Campaign, where he helped coordinate UN country office engagement plans for the Sustainable Development Goals, and worked to highlight the human aspect of data and development. Moore serves on the Board of Directors for Bread for the World and The Alliance to End Hunger, as well as the Advisory Board for the Centre for Innovation and Health at Concern Worldwide. A North Carolina native, Moore graduated with top marks from Columbia University with a degree in American Studies.
Kimberly Cernak, Global Policy and Advocacy Director
Kimberly Cernak serves as the Global Policy and Advocacy Director of The Eleanor Crook Foundation. Prior to joining ECF, Kim served as the Senior Director for Global Policy and Advocacy at 1,000 Days. In that role, she led the organization’s work to educate and influence global policymakers and stakeholders to increase action and investment in maternal and child nutrition and, serving on 1,000 Days's senior leadership team, focused on the organization's management, funding, and operations priorities. Kim also spent two years as the Deputy Director of Friends of the Global Fight, where she provided leadership, direction, oversight, and coordination in the day-to-day operations of the organization’s policy, communications, and development efforts. Kim previously served for six years at USAID and at the U.S. Department of State, most recently serving as Deputy Director of USAID’s Policy Office. In this position, she worked to define and shape the agency’s policy agenda, including overseeing efforts around ending extreme poverty, the post-2015 development agenda, and key issues of national security and foreign policy. Additionally, Kim served as the Development Advisor to the Special Representative for Burma at the U.S. Department of State, where she formulated and implemented a development assistance strategy for the U.S. government’s programs in Burma. In 2010, Kim held the position of Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of State Jacob J. Lew, serving as an advisor and representing the Deputy Secretary on a wide range of policy issues, including overall policy direction and development of the Global Health Initiative and strategic issues related to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. Before her time in the federal government, Kim worked with community organizations in New Orleans, Thailand, and Indonesia. She is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project.
Nicki Connell, Nutrition Technical Director
Nicki Connell is currently the Nutrition Technical Director for the Eleanor Crook Foundation. Her main areas of focus are serving as ECF’s senior representative and thought leader on research and implementation, as well as leading on the ongoing development of ECF’s research and implementation grantmaking strategy. Previously Nicki was an Emergency Nutrition Advisor for Save the Children US, where her focus was on forwarding Emergency Nutrition Operations Research and supporting Humanitarian Response Programming. Key technical areas she focused on were Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants, Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, and Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition. Nicki graduated from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with an MSc in Public Health Nutrition, after obtaining a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Bath. Nicki has held various positions with non-governmental organizations, including ACF, GOAL Ireland and Save the Children US, and has worked across multiple countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Niger, Sierra Leone and Myanmar. Nicki has contributed to multiple publications including the recently released Nutrition for Developing Countries, which received a ‘highly commended’ in the Public Health category of the British Medical Association Book Awards for 2016.
Chytanya Kompala, Nutrition Research Program Officer
Chytanya Kompala serves as the Nutrition Research Program Officer at the Eleanor Crook Foundation. As a global health nutritionist, her research interests include nutrition sciences, maternal and child nutrition, and innovative, scalable solutions. Previously, Kompala worked as a nutrition researcher at PATH and Sight & Life, with experience living and working in East and West Africa. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from New York University.
Solianna Meaza, Global Policy and Advocacy Program Officer
Solianna Meaza serves as the Global Policy Advocacy Program Officer for The Eleanor Crook Foundation. She previously served as a Political Appointee to the Obama Administration, as the Advisor to the Associate Administrator, at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She led on a variety of projects for the Associate Administrator, including a domestic engagement strategy to reinforce the Agency’s Mission and work that focused on partnerships with faith-motivated business leaders, diaspora groups, NGOs, universities, and the private sector. Meaza holds a degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University.
Porter DeLaney, Senior Advocacy Advisor
Porter DeLaney founded the Kyle House Group in 2010 after more than a decade of senior level work in the political and international relations spheres. Porter has substantial experience working on global development and health issues, having advised a number of high-profile foundations, NGOs, international organizations, coalitions and celebrities on their outreach and advocacy efforts before the U.S. government. Porter has served as the chief architect of lobbying and advocacy campaigns that resulted in multi-billion dollar funding increases for U.S. development assistance programs, and the bipartisan passage and signing into law of major development legislation. Porter also has advised a number of Fortune 500 companies on their corporate social responsibility programs around the globe. In addition, Porter has worked extensively on national security issues, having formerly served as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense and having worked closely with leaders in the Pentagon and regional combatant commands on a range of security and development policy issues.
Sara Plotkin, Executive Assistant
Sara Plotkin serves as the Executive Assistant for The Eleanor Crook Foundation. Prior to joining ECF, Sara managed scheduling and logistics for a successful 2018 U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri. Sara previously served as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Owner of Community Coffee Company and as an Administrative Assistant in the Louisiana Office of the Governor. Sara graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in history.
*Additional support staff is provided by our President, Eleanor, at no cost to the foundation.