Who we are

Bridges is led by a team of experienced professionals who have demonstrated commitment and delivered solutions to global problems throughout their careers, leveraging experience in diverse organizations such as Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bridges is overseen by a Board that brings public, private and academic expertise, including experience in education, global health, international development, law, and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Team

  • Julie Jacobson, MD, DTMH

    Managing Partner, United States

    Julie is a global health leader and physician with a life-long commitment to addressing complex public health problems with creative problem solving, innovation, and development of collaborative partnerships for delivering global results.

    Dedicated to serving the underserved and building equity, she pulls from experience as a health care provider, researcher, and initiator of pioneering programs. Julie has tackled large scale global problems, removed barriers to success, and built trust amongst diverse stakeholders to achieve health impact for some of the world’s most marginalized populations. Julie brings wide-ranging experience from clinical care, disaster response, product development, and immunization as well as in-depth disease specific knowledge, particularly in neglected tropical diseases.

    Julie has trained at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as in clinical tropical medicine.


  • Alan Brooks, PhD, RN

    Managing Partner, Switzerland

    Alan is a recognized leader in forging partnerships, development, and delivering results. He has been recognized for excellence and innovation throughout a career of more than 20 years leading teams with developing countries and international partners to help individuals improve their lives and countries to strengthen systems and avert disease.

    From his professional beginnings working as a prison nurse, Alan has always sought to be challenged and learn from and with those around him. He grew ever more passionate about international development through work on public-private partnerships, education and capacity development, research and development for new interventions, infectious diseases, immunization, supply chain, and primary health care in the developing world.

    Alan earned his doctorate with high honors from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He holds an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA with highest honors from the University of Washington. Alan is also a Registered Nurse.


  • Sarah Churchill, MALD

    Partner, Switzerland

    Sarah is a proven manager with over 20 years of experience in international social and economic development, spanning public and private non-profit sectors. Sarah organizes high-performing teams and innovates to deliver results, challenging and improving on existing approaches in education and health.

    Teaching in rural Kenya first inspired Sarah to pursue development solutions to help people overcome barriers to schooling and help to enhance livelihoods. She oversaw multi-million investments through USAID to reform South Africa’s education system at a time of rapid political change. At The Global Fund, Sarah managed the access to funding process and guided innovative transformations to their business model. Most recently at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, she led key improvements to country engagement and grant-making. Recognized for operational excellence and multi-stakeholder collaboration, Sarah brings strong planning and management expertise to the Bridges team.

    Sarah is a graduate of Williams College (BA in Political Science) and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.