David J. Olson

Global health communications expert

David J. Olson has 25+ years of global development management and communications experience on five continents and in four languages. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching agriculture in Togo, he founded a grass-roots network in Mali and managed health social marketing programs in Paraguay, Bangladesh and Zambia for PSI, founding non-profits in Zambia and Paraguay that have become leading NGOs. The five programs he started or helped start accounted for 17.3% of PSI's health impact worldwide in 2012. At PSI in Washington, David managed external relations, pioneered advocacy with the U.S. government, developed the external relations capacity of African, Asian and Russian affiliates and managed relations with major U.S. and European media. He served as director of Policy Communications at the Global Health Council from 2009-2011. He now runs his own global development communications firm, Olson Global Communications. His LinkedIn profile and his website