Council Commentary

Jackson Ireland Joins Population Council to Lead Organizational Health and Sustainability

In a time of accelerated change, the Population Council is continuing to evolve financial and global operations to increase organizational responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness.

Building on the launch of the organization’s 15-year Strategic Priorities Framework and recent organizational health improvements, this week the Population Council welcomes Mr. Jackson Ireland as the new Vice President for Corporate Finance and Administration.

Ireland brings with him nearly two decades of finance and operations experience in support of global development programs and will guide the Population Council’s future financial and organizational health. He succeeds the Population Council’s current Chief Financial Officer Eric Walker who had planned his retirement for April 2018.

“While our organizational impact is driven by research, it is our people and supporting systems that help ensure every dollar is well spent and improves the effectiveness of our work,” said Julia Bunting, Population Council President. “We are delighted that Jackson joins our Executive Team as a creative problem solver with the experience and ideas we need to adapt to ever-evolving financial and operational environments.”

Ireland has a strong track record of leading effective operational strategy and optimizing business process for international development firms both in the US and internationally. He has deep expertise in providing financial and administrative management for non- and for-profit organizations funded by clients including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).

Most recently, Ireland served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM), a nonprofit consortium that is focused on the design and deployment of procurement and logistics solutions for public health programs worldwide. In this role, he was responsible for organizing and directing accounting, contracts, finance, information systems, human resources and facilities activities.

Prior to taking up his role with PFSCM, Ireland led operations management for Banyan Global, a consulting firm working on market-driven private sector growth in developing and transitional economies.  Ireland spent two years in Kabul, Afghanistan managing grants and capacity building for non-governmental organizations under USAID’s Rural Expansion of Afghanistan’s Community-Based Healthcare (REACH) program. He began his international development career supporting contract and cooperative agreement administration at Management Science for Health (MSH) in Boston. 

Ireland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University. He will begin his role at the Population Council’s New York headquarters before transitioning to the Population Council's Washington, DC office.