Another Option LLC is a new small woman-owned business with years of experience in the strategic design and management of programs to address complex issues.

Another Option provides technical assistance in behavior change communication…research and monitoring and evaluation…social marketing…strategic planning…digital and social media…innovative technology.

Our approach is cross-cutting and evidence-based….we have applied it to address issues in health…nutrition…climate change…environment…education…gender…democracy and governance…water and sanitation

Another Option is a global firm with a network of technical experts and organizations in the US and throughout the world.

Our Team

Dee Bennett

Founder and Managing Partner

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Dee Bennett for the past two decades has designed and managed multi-million dollar USAID-funded behavior change and communication and social marketing projects in public health (infectious diseases and emerging pandemic threats), nutrition, and population, and energy and environment. Her communication to affect behavior change has a focus on advocacy and policy, risk communication, demand creation, and applied communication. She has developed several training modules on advocacy, risk communication, applied communication and media training and has extensive experience in Monitoring & Evaluation and research. Prior to her work in international development she was Vice-President and Director of Public Affairs at two Washington public relations agencies where she represented a wide variety of clients from commercial and private sector in public affairs and new product marketing. She also worked on Capitol Hill for two US Senators.

Sectors: Public health, Nutrition, Energy and Environment, Pandemic Influenza and Emerging Threats, Water and SanitationTechnical areas: Communication for Behavior Change, Advocacy, Policy, Commercial and Social Marketing, Risk Communication, Project Management, Strategic Design, Writer/Editor

Recent favorite accomplishment: “Designing and managing the communication component of USAID’s rapid response to the H1N1 pandemic influenza was the unique opportunity to go from 0 to 60 in real time with global consequences….Coupled with a terrific technical and ops team.”

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

Rose Mary Romano

Managing Partner

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Ms. Romano is an internationally recognized expert in behavior change and communication on public health and energy and environmental issues. She has designed and managed donor-funded programs in more than 12 countries and has lived in India and South Africa. Recently, she was the Senior VP for Fenton Communication, a social issue and environmental PR agency, and managed their portfolio for health and development. Ms. Romano helped create the successful TEDMED Great Challenges in Health Program which convened top expects in health and science; authored a report on trends in investment for global health and another report that reviewed 20 years of global communication programs on gender based violence prevention; and marketed a mobile phone tracking service for combating counterfeit drugs. As regional director in South Africa for AED, Ms. Romano oversaw donor programs that totaled US$ 40 million and included programs on HIV/AIDS, nutrition, maternal and child health, climate change and environment, malaria and gender based violence. While at AED, she designed and managed a number of communication training programs: including a 3 year contract for training World Bank executive staff. She also oversaw and managed 3 global trans-media projects: The African Media Broadcast Network’s Africa-wide Campaign on PMTCT; The Half the Sky NGO Video and Mobile Game production and the MTV SHUGA Project in Kenya.

Sectors: Public Health, HIV and AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Malaria, Nutrition, Gender Based Violence Preventions, Cancer, Tobacco Control, Energy and Environment, Impact Investing. Areas: Communication for Behavior Change, Advocacy, Policy, Project Management, Strategic Design, Training and Capacity Building, Mass and Social Media, Public Relations.

Recent favorite accomplishment: A report on Trends in Giving for Global Health which examined traditional donor countries, BRICS countries, corporate and individual donors and impact investors. “I particularly enjoyed learning about impact investing from my interviews with range of finance, academic and non-profit experts. Bottom Line: there are some new and exciting options for funding global health program out there.”

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

Brian McCotter

Managing Partner

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Brian McCotter is a strategic communications and project management expert with over 15 years of experience leading institutional and organizational change, conducting communication strategy design, development, and execution, as well as undertaking a wide variety of stakeholder mapping, analysis, and outreach campaigns. Working extensively in the areas of corporate communications and marketing, political risk management, and external communications, Mr. McCotter has undertaken a diversity of USAID, World Bank, and donor-funded projects. He has met with continued success in a wide variety of challenging cultural, political, and business environments including post-conflict zones. He also possesses a wide-ranging background in managing institutional and training needs assessments, and crafting and delivering capacity building programs as well as facilitation in a wide variety of sectors including: stakeholder research and participation, business communications, public relations, advocacy, and political risk. Prior to working in international development, he worked for the Promotions Department of Time Inc. in New York City overseeing a graphic design team for the marketing of magazines/publications. Mr. McCotter is a founder Member and Corporate Secretary for Partners for International Development, an Emory University/Atlanta-based NGO implementing USAID-funded programs in health sector reform in Tbilisi, Georgia (2003-present).

Sector Focus: Democracy and Governance, Economic Growth and Trade, Energy and Environment, Water and Sanitation, Public Health, and Pandemic Influenza and Emerging Threats.

Technical areas: Strategic Communications, Project Design and Management, Stakeholder Outreach and Awareness, Institutional Development and Capacity Building, Behavior Change Communications, Civic Education and Community Development, Political Risk Management, Advocacy, and, Social Marketing.

Recent favorite accomplishment: “Conducting a focus group under a massive baobab tree in Awiel West in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (South Sudan) to field test a civic education tool I drafted and designed for payam and boma officials with limited experience and literacy.”

Geographic Emphasis: Sub-Saharan Africa, Former-Soviet Union and the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia (SE, Central and South).

Nyka Alexander

Communications

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Nyka Alexander has 15 years of professional experience as a communicator working in both the private and public sector. Starting as a broadcast journalist with Canada’s parliamentary channel, she has since worked with the UN as a communications advisor, spokesperson and media trainer.

Sectors: Public Health, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Mining

Technical skills: Developing communication strategies, Crisis Communication, Political Analysis, Spokesperson, Media Training, Project Management, Writer

Recent favorite accomplishment: “Mentoring a young Haitian woman towards a career in public health advocacy.”

Geographic specialties: China, Southeast Asia, Canada, US, Haiti.