About FACE

We strive to raise awareness, generate evidence, and provide support & build capacity for more ethical and compassionate global health practice. 


Our Approach


As we grapple with complex questions and pressing challenges – from equitable vaccine and drug distribution to health worker burnout – we work to bring the necessary knowledge, collaboration, and evidence in four key areas.



We convene thought leaders and stakeholders to visualize solutions to difficult challenges and reimagine global health with compassion and ethics at its heart.


We provide perspective and resources to those asking important questions about ethical practice and support the cultivation of compassionate leaders and health systems.


Through research, we generate evidence that can guide global health efforts to cultivate compassionate health systems and find innovative approaches to address human suffering.

Educate & Train

We develop and disseminate materials to educate and equip students and practitioners, either informally or through training and higher education.


Our Team


David Addiss, MD, MPH

David is a public health doctor whose meandering career has involved migrant health, mountain medicine, neglected tropical diseases, research, philanthropy, and global health. An opportunity to study public health at Johns Hopkins University rescued him from a decadent life as a climbing bum in Yosemite

“I am absolutely delighted to be working with such amazing people, breaking new ground, and navigating the rich, creative waters of compassion, ethics, and global health.”  

Ashley Graham, PhD, MA, MJ
Director of Research and Operations

Ashley is a medical anthropologist interested in global health ethics, maternal/neonatal health, and vaccines. She is passionate about bringing communities’ experiences, perspectives, and interests to the heart of global health practice. She loves trying foods from around the world, exploring new places, and doing anything outside. Currently, her greatest adventure is as ‘Mama.’

“At every decision point in my career, I’ve chosen the most intriguing path. That’s how a journalist becomes an anthropologist. Joining FACE was no exception. Every day is thought-provoking and challenging, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to explore new ideas and develop better ways of doing things.”

Amy Richards, MPH
Data Analyst

Amy is a socially and globally focused public health professional, seeking to secure a voice and dignified standard of living for the least heard and visible communities via partnership they own. Forever curious and driven by care, you may find her asking questions like “who have we forgotten?”, “what assumptions are we making?”, and “have we adequately incorporated human context into this initiative?”

“It is crucial we truly see the humans and communities we walk alongside as we support their potential, quality of life, and inherent value.”

Heather Buesseler, MPH

Heather is a global health and humanitarian professional committed to health equity and social justice for marginalized populations. A native Minnesotan, she is based in Minneapolis and loves urban and wilderness adventuring with her young daughter. She also holds an adjunct faculty position in St. Catherine’s University Global MPH program in St. Paul.

“The work of designing compassionate, values-based health care is truly where I want to dedicate the remainder of my career.”

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