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Posted: 4/9/2008

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jhpiego president and CEO, is this year's commencement speaker for the traditional class of 2008 graduates of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing on May 22 at the Lyric Opera House.

"The students and administration are delighted that Dr. Mancuso will be addressing the graduates this year," said Mary O'Rourke, Director of Admissions and Student Services. "Her passion and experience to global health nursing is inspiring to our graduates, our nursing's leaders."

For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families. Since June 2002, Mancuso has overseen the Hopkins affiliated organizations longstanding and extensive relations with international agencies; ministries of health and education; nursing, midwifery, and medical schools; professional associations; and local non-governmental organizations. Prior to Jhpiego, Mancuso worked for 13 years on Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere), an international organization committed to providing health care around the world, especially for children.  Mancuso has worked for over 20 years developing public/private partnerships to help improve the health of women and families.

Mancuso received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Southern Connecticut University, a masters degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and a doctoral degree in organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the Executive Leadership Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mancuso serves on the US-ASEAN Business Council, Inc., American Society of Association Executives, the World Trade Center Institute, the Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and as chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Corporations Life Sciences Innovation Forum, to name a few.  Recently she was named by The Daily Record as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women for 2008.