We have an ethical responsibility to work toward a world where everyone can lead the healthiest life possible.


About Resolve to Save Lives

At Resolve to Save Lives we have one mission: save lives. We will save 100 million lives by implementing proven solutions to prevent heart disease and stroke, the world’s leading cause of death. And we are helping the world prevent the next disease outbreak by catalyzing country action to find, stop and prevent new disease threats.     

With $225 million dollars from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Resolve uses proven strategies to take urgent action that improves health in low- and middle-income countries.

Our team of global health experts works with governments to help them implement evidence-based strategies that allow their citizens to lead the healthiest lives possible. The New York City-based initiative is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is housed within Vital Strategies, a global health organization that works in 60 countries to address the world’s most challenging health issues.  Resolve to Save Lives fits perfectly with Vital Strategies’ vision of a world where every person is protected by a strong public health system.


Our Team


Tom Frieden, MD MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Tom Frieden is one of the world’s leading public health experts.  Dr. Frieden is President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolve to Save Lives, a $225 million, 5-year initiative housed at Vital Strategies, a non-profit global health organization working toward the vision that all people are protected by a strong public health system.



Marc G. Jaffe, MD
Senior Vice President


Dr. Jaffe is the Senior Vice President of Resolve to Save 100 Million Lives, the Cardiovascular Health Initiative for Resolve, an initiative of Vital Strategies. Dr. Jaffe lead the creation of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Hypertension Program, the Kaiser Permanente Cardiovascular Risk Reduction (“PHASE- Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday”) Program, and developed and lead the Kaiser National Integrated Cardiovascular Health Guideline Team.  



Jeannie Mantopoulos
Chief Operating Officer

Jeannie Mantopoulos is the Chief Operating Officer for Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies. In this role, she provides leadership and management to promote operational excellence in Resolve’s two components: Resolve to Save 100 Million Lives and Resolve to Prevent Epidemics.


Cyrus Shahpar Director, Preventing Epidemics  

Cyrus Shahpar
Director, Preventing Epidemics  

Chris Lee Technical Officer, Preventing Epidemics

Chris Lee
Technical Officer, Preventing Epidemics

Le Quach Program Officer, Preventing Epidemics  

Le Quach
Program Officer, Preventing Epidemics  

Erin Sykes Communications Manager

Erin Sykes
Communications Manager


Resolve to Save Lives is an initiative of Vital Strategies, which has more than 100 full-time staff and offices around the world. To learn more about the global impact of Vital Strategies initiatives visit: www.vitalstrategies.org