Leila Nimatallah Vice President, Advocacy & Mobilization

Leila Nimatallah has over 25 years of advocacy experience in international children’s issues, global health, and poverty alleviation. She has trained and supported countless grassroots and grass-tops advocates to weigh in strategically with Congress and the media in support of the most vulnerable children and families worldwide.

Early in her career, Leila worked in the U.S. House of Representatives. She then honed her abilities to develop successful advocacy strategies and build political will within the administration and Congress at a range of non-profits including RESULTS, Global Action for Children and Catholic Relief Services. In 2018, Leila helped re-instate a 10 percent set aside of wrap-around services and support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children within U.S. international HIV policy. In January 2021, she spearheaded the passage into law of the Global Child Thrive Act, mandating the integration of early childhood development into foreign assistance programs serving vulnerable children and their families.

Leila holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Villanova Law. She is a member of the Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Bar Associations. She lives in Middletown, Maryland with her husband and has two grown sons, Mathew and Jamie.

Resources by Leila Nimatallah


Podcast: Child Poverty is a Policy Decision With Megan Curran and Sophie Collyer

| February 28, 2024 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby chat with poverty experts Megan Curran and Sophie Collyer about the Child Tax


Podcast: A Conversation with Congress’s Top 2023 Champion for Children – Representative Suzanne Bonamici

| February 14, 2024 |

In this episode, our hosts Bruce Lesley and Messellech “Selley” Looby chat with Representative Suzanne Bonamici. Rep. Bonamici, who has represented Oregon’s 1st district


As is True Elsewhere in our Federal Budget, Kids Come Up Short in U.S. Foreign Aid

| February 7, 2024 |

The United States provides poverty-focused foreign assistance to poor countries to promote global health, security, and democracy, to reduce the worst aspects of poverty,


Podcast: Prescribing Away Poverty with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Luke Shaefer

| January 31, 2024 |

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Luke Shaefer about “Rx Kids,” their innovative program to support pregnant women and


Putting Kids First Through Global Vaccination Programs

| November 27, 2023 |

Amazing things can happen when humanity does the right thing and puts children first.  Back in the 1970s and early 1980s when I was


Vital Programs Protecting and Saving Children from HIV/AIDS Will Expire September 30th Absent Immediate Congressional Action

| September 25, 2023 |

Mary (not her real name) was just a girl of eight when her mother fell ill. So ill that her mom no longer had