Gannon Gillespie, Director of Strategic Development
will deliver a powerful experience modeling Tostan's effective method of Community Led Development for our session.
Utilizing this method "…over 5,000 communities from eight countries have joined in abandoning both Female Genital Cutting (FGC) and child/forced marriage.
Gannon Gillespie joined Tostan in 2004 as a volunteer in Dakar, Senegal.
volunteer program, grant writing, report writing, communications, and fundraising.
also studied the large scale abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC) and child marriage taking place through Tostan's
programs with Dr. Gerry Mackie.
In 2005, Gannon became Tostan's first full-time US representative based in Washington, DC.
As Director of Strategic Development, Gannon oversees Tostan's new business development and strategic partnerships in the US.
Key accomplishments of Tostan's
DC office under his
leadership include the successful nomination of Tostan
to the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize and other major awards, the securing of several large institutional grants, and continuous growth in Tostan's
individual supporter base.
Gannon has a BA in Creative Writing from Nebraska Wesleyan University and has been a writing consultant to UNICEF NY and a guest lecturer for several leading universities.