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  • Ann Schutt-Ainé
    Ann’s bio

    Dr. Schutt-Ainé is an obstetrician/gynecologist and Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC). Prior to joining PPGC, Dr. Schutt-Ainé spent several years at Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania and California. Since the fall of 2008, she has been an Assistant Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she is involved in direct patient care as well as resident and medical student education. In her role as educator, she brought the first Ryan Residency Program in Abortion and Family Planning to the state of Texas. Dr. Schutt-Ainé is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Medical Association and the Society of Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  • Pamela W. Barnes
    Pamela’s bio

    Ms. Barnes is a leading voice in the international movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights and has over 30 years of management experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. From 2010 to 2015, she served as President and CEO of EngenderHealth, an international non-profit organization supporting delivery of sexual and reproductive health services with over 600 employees. Prior to holding this position, she was CEO and President of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. From 2009-2011 Barnes was a member of the UN agency and CDC working group on sexual violence against girls. Before entering the non-profit sector, she worked for over 20 years in investment management and corporate finance. Barnes is a former Peace Corps volunteer. She is Chair of Fòs Feminista's Board and a member of their Governance Committee. She also serves as a member of the Board of Ipas. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Fordham University.

  • George F. Brown, Board Chair
    George’s bio

    Dr. Brown is an international health specialist, with extensive experience in the health needs of low-income countries. His principal areas of expertise are in reproductive health and AIDS prevention. Brown served most recently as Director of Health Equity at the Rockefeller Foundation. He served as Special Advisor in Population to the President of the Canadian International Development Agency, and helped establish Canada’s development assistance program in population and reproductive health. Previously, he served as Director of Population and Health Sciences at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, and as Vice President of International Programs at the Population Council, New York, a position he held for over 20 years. Brown received an M.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University. He has worked in Haiti, Tunisia and Morocco.

  • Anju Malhotra
    Anju’s bio

    Dr Anju Malhotra is a recognized leader on gender equality, reproductive health, and adolescent rights. She is Professor of Practice in International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently seconded to the Global Financing Facility at the World Bank as Senior Gender and M&E Advisor. Malhotra headed UNICEF’s work on gender equality, where she developed and implemented the game-changing Gender Action Plan (GAP), successfully building the organization’s resources, commitment, capacity, and results on gender equality. She has been a leader in shaping the SDG target and global movement to end child marriage, in establishing the multi-donor, multi-country global program to end child marriage, and in shaping the research agenda on child marriage and adolescent health. Previously at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Malhotra led the design and impact evaluations of adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs, the keynote paper for the landmark 2007 Women Deliver conference, and the “Fertility and Empowerment Network.” She began her career as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and NIH Post-doctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Sociology from the University of Michigan.

  • Silvina Ramos
    Silvina’s bio

    Silvina Ramos is a Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of the State and Society (CEDES) where she specializes in public health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, and implementation research. She is a prominent and influential advocate for safe and legal abortion in Argentina. She served on the committee that drafted the new national abortion law, was a founding member of REDAAS (Access to Safe Abortion Network) and is a member of its leadership team. She was technical coordinator for the committee responsible for designing the national Plan for the Prevention of Unplanned Adolescent Pregnancy (Plan Enia). Alongside her role at CEDES, she functioned as coordinator for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program of the Province of Buenos Aires and the National Commission on Health Research of the National Ministry of Health. Ramos has held international positions, including Vice-Chair of the governing body of WHO’s Special Programme on Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction; Network Liaison Officer for the International Consortium for Medical Abortion (ICMA); and Executive Committee member of the Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion (CLACAI). Ramos is a sociologist and has a postgraduate degree in social sciences.

  • Beverly Winikoff, Founding Member
    Beverly’s bio

    Beverly Winikoff, M.D., M.P.H., is the President and Founder of Gynuity Health Projects. Prior to founding Gynuity in 2003, Winikoff was employed for 25 years at the Population Council where she was Director for Reproductive Health and a Senior Medical Associate. She developed and managed the Council’s Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, including work on Safe Motherhood, prevention of STDs/AIDS, prevention of unsafe abortion, provision of safe abortion care, and improving postpartum care for mothers and babies. Prior to joining the Council in 1978, she was Assistant Director for Health Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has focused on issues of reproductive choice, contraception, abortion, and women’s health. Dr. Winikoff graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude, earned her M.D. degree from New York University and her M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has served on numerous boards of directors including the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (founding member), Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH, founding member), the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), the National Abortion Federation, The MediTeam Trust in South Africa, The Society of Family Planning, and Medicines360. Dr. Winikoff received the Carl S. Schultz Award from the American Public Health Association in 2007 and the Irvin M. Cushner Lectureship award from the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals in 2009. Dr. Winikoff is also a Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University in New York.

Former Board Members

  • France Donnay
    France’s bio

    France Donnay, MD, FRCOG, FACOG, MPH is a consultant on global women’s health policies, programs and practices that contribute to achieving better outcomes for mothers and newborns. For instance, she works with University of California, San Francisco on patient centered maternal care and family planning, Kings College London (KCL) on pregnancy complications and e-registries, Helsinki-based SCOPE on social design for maternal care and cervical cancer programs, and Brussels-based Synergist on pharmacovigilance and access to medicines for pregnant and lactating women. She is Visiting Professor at KCL, and a member of several Advisory Boards, including with Merck for Mothers, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 2008 – 2015, France was Senior Program Officer, Maternal Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she managed a large portfolio of projects, including clinical research trials and large implementation initiatives in India and Ethiopia. Prior to that, she held positions at UNFPA (1999-2008) and UNICEF (1994-1999).