PATH names Sarah Temple as vice president of External Relations

November 16, 2011 by PATH

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Sarah Temple is the new vice president of External Relations. Photo: PATH/PatrickMcKern.

Seattle, November 16, 2011—PATH today announced the appointment of Sarah Temple as vice president of External Relations, effective January 1, 2012. Ms. Temple is currently senior vice president and chief of client affairs for the Social Marketing Practice at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, in Washington, DC.Ms. Temple takes on a significant leadership role at PATH as the senior executive with responsibility for increasing public recognition and engagement, building philanthropic support, and cultivating partnerships with individuals and institutions. She replaces Scott Jackson, who left PATH in September to become chief executive officer for the international nongovernmental organization Global Impact.

“We are very pleased to have Sarah join the executive leadership team at PATH,” said Christopher Elias, MD, MPH, PATH’s president and CEO. “She brings significant experience in developing strategic communications for health care programs and has helped design fundraising and marketing campaigns that engage major corporations and institutions. Her skills will help PATH increase public awareness of innovations in global health and PATH’s role in improving the health of people around the world.”

“I'm delighted to join PATH and be a part of advancing its vital mission-based work to ensure that health is within reach for everyone,” Ms. Temple said. “I look forward to applying my health communications and marketing experience to drive increased engagement and support of PATH’s mission and programs.”

In her current position, Ms. Temple advises a range of federal, nonprofit, and corporate clients—including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—on social marketing initiatives. She leads the award-winning The Heart Truth® campaign, which introduced the red dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. Under her leadership, the campaign established collaborations with more than two dozen corporations and nonprofit organizations. She also plays a key role on Ogilvy’s annual business development efforts.

Prior to joining Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Ms. Temple directed corporate partnerships and cause-marketing programs at the anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength and served as senior counsel for health care clients at the PR agency Barr & Wilcox. She has also taught public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University’s school of continuing studies.