Director, Digital Strategy
Marla Shaivitz has been director of digital strategy for the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs since February 2018. In this role, she works closely with the center’s leadership team to identify, analyze, recommend and execute digital technology priorities and vision.
Since joining CCP in 2013, she has been instrumental in a number of digital initiatives including the development of numerous websites, mobile applications and data visualizations, as well as interactive and instructional design content. In 2017, Marla led the team that was a Webby Award finalist for a digital documentation of CCP’s work in West Africa during the Ebola crisis. She authored a proposal to the UNICODE consortium advocating for a mosquito emoji, which was approved and implemented across operating systems in the fall of 2018. Most recently, was the technical lead for the KAP COVID series of data visualizations.
A seasoned technologist with over 20 years’ experience managing and leading digital projects, Marla has a passion for innovations in technology and those working toward social good. Prior to joining CCP, Marla was a founding member of a well-regarded technology consulting firm that works with trade and professional societies as well as government agencies in their strategic use of web-based technologies. She spent nine years working for a strategic health philanthropy directing all online initiatives and working with grantees to build capacity and create efficiencies around technology and online systems. As a contributing writer for a popular tech blog focused on technology companies and their founders, she has interviewed entrepreneurs across the United States and Africa.