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  • Ann Schutt-Ainé
    Ann’s bio

    Dr. Schutt-Ainé is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with subspecialty certification in Complex Family Planning. She has been on the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine since 2008, with an appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is involved in direct patient care, as well as resident and medical student education. For six years, Dr. Schutt-Aine served as the Chief Medical Officer for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC). Her clinical interests include contraception, surgical gynecology, and menopause care. Dr. Schutt-Aine 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 Society of Family Planning, and the Menopause Society. 

  • Barbara B. Crane
    Barbara’s bio

    Barbara B. Crane, MA, PhD, is a political scientist and consultant specializing in reproductive health and rights. She served as Executive Vice President for Technical Leadership and Advocacy at Ipas from 2000 to 2016, leading Ipas global research and abortion policy reform efforts and strengthening global partnerships. From 1992 to 2000, Dr. Crane served as a senior policy adviser in the Office of Population of the United States Agency for International Development. From 1971 to 1992 she held research and teaching positions at the University of Michigan and Harvard University. Her research on the politics of population and reproductive health has appeared widely in peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Crane holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

  • 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.

  • 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.