Director — Brian Willis
Brian began researching the public health impact of child sex trafficking in 1990 at the same
time he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he worked on HIV
laws and policies, tuberculosis, and immunizations. In 2002, he co-authored the first study to
estimate the global public health impact of sex trafficking of children. In 2003, he left the CDC in
order to focus all his time on the maternal and child health impact of sex trafficking and sex
Between 2006 and 2007, Brian researched the public health impact of sex trafficking in South
Asia under a grant from the U.S. Department of State. Seeing a lack of attention to the maternal
and child health needs of mothers who are trafficked or in sex work and their children, in 2007
he founded Global Health Promise [GHP]. Brian has published studies on the maternal and child
health of female sex workers and their children in Bangladesh and the U.S. and was a contributor
to the 2009 IOM manual on the care of victims of human trafficking.
In 2013 Brian received a Fulbright Scholarship to research the maternal health of female sex
workers (FSW) in Cambodia. Based on this study, in 2016 he and two colleagues published the
first ever study to document maternal deaths among FSW.
In 2014, Brian was among the first ten recipients of the C10 Award, presented in Stockholm.
During 2015 and 2016, he met with mothers who have been trafficked or in sex work in ten
countries. Comments from the mothers were shared in an article published by The Lancet Global
Health and presented at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen. He and Dr. Heather
Thompson, the Maternal Health Advisor for GHP, advocated for FSW at the 2019 Women
Deliver Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
During 2019, Brian conducted research on the maternal health of FSW and the health of
their children in eight countries. Results of this study are being prepared for publication.
In addition to his research, Brian has operated a small program, called “Our Mother’s House,”
for mothers who are trafficked or in sex work in Portland, Oregon.
Brian is the lead on all research conducted by GHP, as well as publications and partnership building.
Chief Operating Officer — Charlotte Brandin
Charlotte Brandin has been active in philanthropy for 25+ years, mainly in the field of child protection, family supports and social justice. After serving as Executive Director for World Childhood Foundation USA (2002-2014), where she ran all operations including fundraising, communications, and project management, she has assumed roles as advisor, board member and consultant both in the U.S. and Sweden; among other assignments as executive chairperson for Charity Rating, a rating agency of Swedish nonprofits; advisor for BRY, advocating for Swedish children’s safety and legal rights; board member and consultant for Family Alliance, the US subsidiary of Family for Every Child, based in the UK, and its network of 45+ CSOs in 20 countries; advisor to Butterflies USA, a child-rights organization working with street-connected children and youth in Delhi, India; Hello Future, providing financial literacy and digital instruction to Syrian youth in Iraqi refugee camps; and strategic facilitator for Natural Creativity, a center for self-directed learning in Germantown, PA, where she advised on fundraising, communications and social media, as well as board-related matters. Throughout her career, Charlotte has advocated for reproductive justice and equity, starting at Planned Parenthood where she worked for 5 years. She also co-founded a national campaign and lobbied in Congress advocating for welfare support to mothers.A native of Sweden, Charlotte has lived in the U.S. since 1989. Learn more at charlottebrandin.com.
Charlotte is lead on operations, communications, capacity building and financial oversight, including fundraising and overall program management.
Grant Writer and Program Manager — Nicole Hubert
Nicole Hubert is a Master of Public Health student concentrating in Health Management and Policy at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. She earned her B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Spanish from Rollins College. She currently serves as the Operations Lead for the graduate student-led Bridges medical clinic in SE Portland, working to provide low-barrier access to healthcare to those experiencing houselessness. Nicole is passionate about global health policy, specifically in creating more equitable and justice-oriented health systems, and promoting maternal and child health and reproductive justice.
Nicole is a lead on fundraising efforts for research and overall operations grants, social media, and project management.
Administrative Assistant — Lyndsey Roos
Lyndsey Roos is an English language teacher based in Portland, Oregon. She studied Philosophy at Willamette University in Salem, OR before earning a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from Portland State University. An avid language learner, she previously studied French abroad in Angers, France. She has also lived and taught English in Bali, Indonesia.
As a child, her family instilled in her the values of education and service to others through their work in her small hometown of Port Angeles, WA. She is a passionate advocate for community activism, education equity, and social justice, and looks forward to learning more about non-profit work while helping Global Health Promise grow and develop.