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Malaria Partners International (Malaria Partners International) is pleased to announce that Steve Crane, founding board member of Malaria Partners International and current Malaria Partners International ‘Ambassador’, has been contracted as Senior Consultant, Strategic Engagement, to help drive Malaria Partners International’s malaria eradication advocacy mission within Rotary. In this new role, funded by a grant to Malaria Partners International from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Steve will focus on helping Malaria Partners International grow our strategic vision and our advocacy efforts at all levels within the Rotary global structure, including Malaria Partners International presence at large club, District and Rotary International key events. Steve will help with fund raising and oversight for Malaria Partners International’s large Rotary global grant projects, with a particular focus on the Zambian Copperbelt where Malaria Partners International is engaged in its largest projects to date. In addition, Steve will help Malaria Partners International continue to build strong strategic partnerships in order to ensure the highest leverage can be brought to bear in the drive to zero in malaria morbidity and mortality.Steve was among the first Rotary members to establish Malaria Partners International in 2009. A member of Seattle #4 for 11 years, he has co-chaired the International Service Committee three times, building project partnerships with neighboring clubs. He worked with RI Vice President John Mathews, when he was District Rotary Foundation Chair, to design the current District Grants program to include a unique partnership incentive that has attracted 36 clubs. Steve continues to co-chair District Grants for Rotary District 5030.

Steve was 13 when polio changed his life as a four-sport athlete. After corporate, NGO and government jobs, he traveled throughout Australasia and Southeast Asia as a business development consultant. When post-polio syndrome ended that work, he joined Rotary’s eradication funding advocacy team on Capitol Hill, for which he’s been awarded the District Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He has three children and two granddaughters.

Please join the Malaria Partners International Board in welcoming Steve Crane to this important role.