About Another Option

Another Option LLC is a woman-owned small business specializing in Social and Behavior Change. It offers a unique blend of innovation, and technical and management experience in addressing complex development issues.

The Another Option approach is cross-cutting and has been applied to critical issues in health, education, energy, and democracy and peace. It has a global reach with technical experts and organizations in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America.

Program Design and Management

Program Design & Management

Program Design and Management

Another Option’s technical team has designed and managed Social and Behavior Change programs across sectors to address critical development issues.  Another Option’s program management approach brings together critical actors from across sectors to effectively integrate solutions in communities impacted by some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

An effective program design begins with data and Another Option has extensive experience in designing qualitative and quantitative research to offer insights of key populations and audiences. Data and information are applied to design effective programs, monitor and evaluate their progress, and measure their impact. Another Option’s experts design performance monitoring plans and evaluation studies.

Advocacy to Drive Social Change

Creating an enabling environment that support individual and societal change requires a strategic approach. Societal and cultural norms and policy and regulations can be barriers to effective change. Another Option’s technical team has developed tools and techniques to advocate for change that contributes to the social good. Advocacy activities range from strategic public relations, community engagement, targeted communication, and facilitation of participative problem-solving.

Message Development

Another Option develops messages through careful audience research. Interviews with audiences enables Another Option’s technical team to uncover key insights into what is important to them, who and what influences their lives, the choices they make, and what factors impact their ability to incorporate new behaviors into their daily lives.

Creative Design and Development

Another Option’s team provides a full-range of print and digital services including media ads, websites, apps, digital and print books, social learning games, podcasts, and training toolkits covering a wide-range of subjects. The choice of media is determined by formative audience research.

Impact Investing

Funding for development programs has changed radically over the last decade, creating a complicated yet exciting world of funding sources. New opportunities to fund development work include global development alliances, social and impact investment groups, crowd source funding, and socially minded investment products. Another Option helps their clients navigate this new environment to access resources for their programs.


Another Option views gender and community norms as essential to making sustainable changes to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Our technical experts conduct primary research to identify internal and external influences for women and the people in their lives. This evidence identifies social influencers in her world, her personal motivations, and barriers that hinder her development. With this information, programs can be shaped and developed to positively support women in meaningful and appropriate ways.

Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (Knowledge Management)

Open communication and collaboration are critical to the success of development programs. Another Option knows that most knowledge is created, generated, captured, and shared through human interaction. Our technical experts work with organizations to reflect on their internal processes to find ways of formalizing this knowledge and brainstorm ways to do good work better.


Our Team

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Dee Bennett

Founder and Managing Partner

Sectors: Public health, Nutrition, Energy and Environment, Pandemic Influenza and Emerging Threats, Water and Sanitation

Technical areas: Communication for Behavior Change, Advocacy, Policy, Commercial and Social Marketing, Risk Communication, Project Management, Strategic Design, Writer/Editor, Early Grade Reading, Education, Health Systems Strengthening, Non-Communicable Diseases, Strategic Planning, Program Management

Geographic Emphasis: Asia (SE, Central and South), Middle East, Africa, Central America, US/domestic

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Rose Mary Romano

Managing Partner

Sectors: Public Health, HIV and AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Malaria, Nutrition, Gender Based Violence Preventions, Cancer, Tobacco Control, Energy and Environment, Impact Investing.

Technical Areas: Communication for Behavior Change, Advocacy, Policy, Project Management, Strategic Design, Training and Capacity Building, Mass and Social Media, Public Relations

Geographic Emphasis: Southern and Eastern Africa, South Asia, US/domestic

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Bettina Barillas

Sectors: Public Health, HIV and AIDS, Government, NGO

Technical areas: Communication, Branding, Project Management, Media and Public Relation Management, Event Management, Photography, Social Media, Digital Media

Geographic Emphasis: Southern Africa, Central America

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Julie Hackett

Sectors: Health, Education, Child Protection

Technical Areas: Social and Behavior Change Communication, Advocacy, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Reproductive Health, Early Childhood Development, Child Protection, Strategic Communication, Resource Mobilization, Emergency Health Epidemic Response, Public-Private Partnership Development

Geographic Emphasis: Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America


Prabodh Kumar Acharya

Sectors: Education (early grade reading), Nutrition, Disability Awareness, Family Planning, HIV and AIDS, Avian Influenza, Violence against Children, Financial Education for Youth, Counseling, Marketing and Public Relations

Technical areas:Communication for Social and Behavior Change, Commercial and Social Marketing, Strategic Planning, Strategic Communication, Project Management, Advertising, Media and Public Relation Management, Event Management, Training on Customer Care and Team Building, Psychological Counseling

Geographic Emphasis: Nepal

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Rebecca Martinez

Sectors: Education, Public Health, Gender

Technical areas: Communication for Behavior Change, Social Mobilization, Project Management, Disaster Response, Women’s Empowerment, Public-Private Partnerships, Business Operations

Geographic Emphasis: West Africa, US/Domestic

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Dr. Rita Sonko-Najjemba

Sectors: Public Health, Medicine, Health Economics

Technical areas:Program Design and Planning, Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Team Building, Staff Development, Data Management, Evidence Based Planning, Community Engagement, Social and Behavior Change,

Geographic Emphasis: Southern Africa, East Africa, South America, Asia

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Sangeeta Lama

Sectors: Media, Public Relations

Technical Areas: Communication Strategy, Media Advocacy, Radio Program Production, Training on Media and Gender, Design

Geographic Focus: Nepal

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Susan Smith

Sectors: Private sector development, energy & infrastructure policy, investment promotion, microfinance, economic inclusion

Technical areas: Policy, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Communications

Geographic Emphasis: Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa

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Sushan Acharya

Sectors: Education

Technical Areas: Research Evaluation, Gender

Geographic Emphasis: South Asia


Ljubica Latinovic, LYAHealth

Gisele McAuliffe, Advocacy Communications International, Inc., Bigger Impact

Greg Berger Design

Kiirti Studio