Vanessa Woog first joined the Guttmacher Institute in 1998. She received her MPH, specializing in population and family health, from Columbia University in 2003. Ms. Woog left in 2005 to work in an HIV testing center in South Africa, while continuing to consult for the Guttmacher Institute. Upon returning to the United States, she worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene evaluating the city’s HIV testing programs. Ms. Woog rejoined the Guttmacher Institute in 2012 to lead a project on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe. Ms. Woog's current projects focus on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in developing countries and the reasons for nonuse of contraceptives among women in Benin.