The executive team—our president, vice presidents, and general counsel—is responsible for PATH’s strategy, finances, and management—as well as for our overall success in achieving PATH’s mission.
- Steve Davis, President and CEO
- Ayo Ajayi, International Development
- Amie Batson, Strategic Development
- Dan Laster, Legal Affairs
- Kathy O'Driscoll, Human Resources
- Jacqueline Sherris, Public Health Impact
- Sarah Temple, External Relations
- Eric Walker, Corporate Services
President and CEO, and Interim Vice President, Product Development
Steve Davis is president and chief executive officer of PATH. He oversees our diverse portfolio, leads our overall strategy, fosters partnerships, and represents PATH around the world. Currently, he also serves as our interim vice president of product development.
Prior to joining PATH in 2012, Steve served as a business leader and strategist for a range of private and nonprofit companies and international organizations. His experience includes serving as CEO of Corbis, a global digital media firm; directing the Infectious Disease Research Institute as interim CEO; and advising top international organizations as director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company. Earlier in his career, he practiced law at the international law firm of K&L Gates with a focus on intellectual property. Steve’s long-standing commitment to human rights and global health and development is reflected in his earlier work with international refugee and human rights organizations.
Steve previously served as a member of PATH’s board of directors and interim leader of PATH’s India program, helping to guide the organization through a decade of rapid growth. He currently serves on the boards of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Global Partnerships. He also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a faculty appointment as a senior fellow at the University of Washington School of Law.
Steve earned his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Chinese studies from the University of Washington, and his law degree from Columbia University.
Ayo Ajayi, MD, MPH
Vice President, International Development
Dr. Ajayi leads strategy development and implementation for PATH country programs in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Before joining PATH in 2008, Dr. Ajayi worked for 16 years with the Population Council, serving as regional director for sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he was Africa regional vice president for Pathfinder International, served as a government health officer in Nigeria, and taught at Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. Ajayi has served on numerous occasions as technical advisor and program evaluator for the US Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, and several other United Nations agencies and private foundations. He is a founding board member of the Burkitt’s Lymphoma Kenya Fund and serves on the boards of Ibis Reproductive Health and the Positive Action for Children Fund.
Dr. Ajayi earned his MD from the University of Ibadan Medical School in Nigeria. He received an MPH and a distinguished alumnus award from Boston University School of Public Health with a concentration in health systems; and he completed a postgraduate certificate program in family planning impact evaluation at the London University School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Amie Batson, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer
Ms. Batson is responsible for guiding PATH’s strategy, strengthening our partnerships and business relationships in the global health community and contributing to our advocacy and policy priorities.
Ms. Batson’s 20-year career in global health includes positions with the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, and most recently, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served as senior deputy administrator for global health.
During her three-year appointment with USAID, Ms. Batson led the agency’s engagement in the President’s Global Health Initiative, represented the US government on the board of the GAVI Alliance, and led the US government team in co-convening the Child Survival Call to Action, which launched the global vision to end preventable child deaths.
Throughout her career in global health, Ms. Batson has been a leader in innovation. Her contributions to immunization and vaccine financing at the World Bank resulted in billions of dollars in new funding for global health and the vaccination of millions of children against polio, pneumonia, diarrhea, and other vaccine-preventable causes of death.
Ms. Batson earned a BA in economics from the University of Virginia and a master of business administration from the Yale University School of Management.
Daniel Laster, JD
General Counsel, Legal Affairs
Mr. Laster is responsible for directing PATH's Legal Affairs Division and providing strategic legal counsel to PATH locally and internationally. Mr. Laster has extensive expertise in intellectual property law. Currently, Mr. Laster is an affiliate professor of law for the University of Washington and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters.
Before joining PATH, Mr. Laster was an associate professor of law for the University of Washington and acted as an intellectual property expert witness as well as provided independent counsel to various Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Laster's career also includes serving as associate general counsel for the Microsoft Corporation, and working in private practice at the law firms of Stokes Lawrence and Perkins Coie.
Mr. Laster has served on the boards of the YMCA Metrocenter of Seattle and ACLU of Washington and currently is on the board of the Digital Learning Commons. He received his BA in economics from Penn State University and his JD from University of Michigan School of Law, and he was a visiting student at Harvard Law School.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. O'Driscoll directs PATH's global human resource functions. As PATH continues to grow, her key focus is to implement an organization-wide HR strategy to align management practices and staff development with PATH's core mission and values. Her leadership responsibilities encompass organizational planning and policy, employee relations, employment and compensation, performance management, learning and development, and diversity initiatives.
Before joining PATH, Ms. O'Driscoll was general manager for human resources in the Microsoft Server and Tools Business Group. As a key member of the group's executive leadership team, she was responsible for HR strategy and service delivery for 10,000 employees in the United States, China, India, and Israel. Over her 20-year career at Microsoft, she held HR management positions in varied units, including Microsoft Global Operating Groups, where she supervised domestic HR teams and staff in Dublin, India, and Singapore.
Early in her career, Ms. O'Driscoll was an admissions officer at Pacific University, where she earned a BA in business administration and communications.
Jacqueline Sherris, PhD
Vice President, Public Health Impact
Dr. Sherris oversees PATH’s global programs and facilitates articulation of program strategies, fosters program collaboration and synergy, models management and performance leadership, and ensures effective program planning, evaluation, and impact assessment across the organization. Dr. Sherris also serves on PATH’s Executive Leadership Team and represents PATH domestically and internationally.
Dr. Sherris has more than 20 years of experience in public health. From 2002 to 2007, she served as PATH’s program leader for the Reproductive Health Strategic Program, through which she led and expanded PATH’s cervical cancer prevention work, including efforts to increase access to human papillomavirus vaccines in developing countries. Other areas of reproductive health work that grew under her leadership include contraceptive supply security, pharmacists and reproductive health, technologies and interventions for women dealing with the consequences of unprotected sex, and integration of family planning and HIV and AIDS services. Prior to taking on the reproductive health program leader responsibilities, she led various reproductive health projects and programs at PATH.
Before joining PATH in 1987, Dr. Sherris coordinated the University of Washington’s Academic Programs for Teachers and was a staff associate with the Population Information Program at The Johns Hopkins University, where she authored several issues of Population Reports.
A frequent author on international health, women’s health, and cervical cancer prevention in the developing world, she is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine and serves on the External Advisory Board of that school.
Dr. Sherris received her MS in biology and her PhD in science education from Purdue University.
Vice President, External Relations
Ms. Temple is responsible for increasing public recognition and engagement, building philanthropic support, and cultivating partnerships with individuals, institutions, and companies in support of PATH’s mission. She serves on PATH’s Executive Leadership Team and is the executive liaison to PATH’s Washington, DC, office.
Ms. Temple has more than 20 years of experience in communications, marketing, and brand development, with a focus on health care programs for women’s health, cardiovascular disease, and cancer prevention. Prior to joining PATH, she was senior vice president and chief, client affairs, for Ogilvy Washington’s Social Marketing Practice. At Ogilvy, she advised a range of nonprofit, corporate, and federal clients such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Key initiatives included leadership of the award-winning The Heart Truth® campaign, which introduced the red dress as the national symbol for women’s heart health; the launch of the Gender Equality Project; and corporate social responsibility strategy development.
Previously, Ms. Temple directed corporate partnerships for the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength and served as senior counsel for health care clients at the Barr & Wilcox Group agency. She has taught public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University’s school of continuing studies.
Eric Walker, MA
Vice President, Corporate Services, and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Walker is responsible for PATH’s finances and all of PATH’s other core administrative systems, including human resources, facilities, and information services. As a member of the senior management group, he also participates in policy and strategy decisions. Currently, he is also directly overseeing our financial operations as interim chief financial officer.
Mr. Walker has more than 25 years of experience in financial and administrative management, institutional capacity building, and systems development in international nonprofit organizations. He is a renowned expert in developing systems for managing contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). In 1980, he cofounded InsideNGO and has led training sessions around the world on USAID rules and regulations.
Mr. Walker earned his master’s degree from Georgetown University in 1978.
Photos: Ayo Ajayi and Daniel Laster, PATH/Mike Wang; Steve Davis, Auston James; all others, PATH/Patrick McKern.