Ann M. Starrs
Ann M. Starrs assumed leadership of the Guttmacher Institute in August 2014, becoming the fifth President and CEO since the organization was founded in 1968. A widely recognized expert in reproductive and maternal health, Ms. Starrs has authored or coauthored numerous papers and commentaries on global and domestic health policy issues during her 30 years in the field. She is a leading global expert on maternal health policy and an influential advocate for the health and rights of women and adolescent girls worldwide. Prior to joining Guttmacher, she was President of Family Care International, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health throughout the developing world, which she helped cofound in 1986. She has been on the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health since 2005, serving as co-chair from 2005–2011; was part of the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Trained in development economics and demography, Ms. Starrs holds a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in demography from Princeton’s Office of Population Research. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.