SEATTLE – RTI International opened a regional office in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle.
The Seattle regional office will incubate RTI’s Global Noncommunicable Diseases Initiative (NCD), under the leadership Rachel Nugent, Ph.D., vice president of Global Noncommunicable Diseases as well as house RTI technical staff in a broad range of fields.
“The mission of RTI’s Global NCD Initiative is to join in common cause with others to achieve the NCD target in the sustainable development goals,” Nugent said.
Nugent is leading the development of a strategy to address the large and growing burden of noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. The Global NCDs team includes staff members from across RTI business units, working with countries to provide policy analysis and implementation of cost-effective strategies for NCD detection, prevention and control. The team is also generating new evidence to guide decision-making to reduce the burden of NCDs at both the global and country levels.
“RTI’s new Pacific Northwest base will strengthen existing partnerships and establish new ones with key global health organizations in the region, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH,” said Wayne Holden, Ph.D., president and CEO of RTI International.
With the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RTI has a long and valued relationship that includes partnerships in the areas of water, sanitation, and hygiene and maternal and child health. RTI is also a global leader in international development and works around the world in low-and middle-income countries to improve health, education, governance, food security, workforce development, and more. Several members of the international education team will be based out of the Seattle office.
"The Seattle office will build on RTI's west coast presence and connect us with additional opportunities for strengthening relationships with several of our clients," said Aaron Williams, executive vice president of Government Relations and Corporate Communications. "Under the direction of Rachel, the office can continue RTI's commitment to addressing NCDs and create a collaborative space that connects staff members, furthering our commitment to leading forward and improving the human condition.”