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Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice

Promoting Reproductive Rights and the Right to Sexual Health

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Margaret Hempel

Director New York

Margaret Hempel is the foundation’s director for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice. Her portfolio focuses on advancing the rights of women and LGBT people; reducing discrimination based on gender, sexual or HIV/AIDS status; and ensuring that the priorities and leadership of women and young people who face multiple forms of social, economic and political exclusion are central to the advancement of policies and programs for sexuality and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Her team makes grants in Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, China, Indonesia, India and the United States.

Margaret spent nine years at the Ford Foundation, from 1990 to 1999, first as a program officer and then as deputy director of the human development and reproductive health unit. She returned in 2008 to direct the foundation’s SRHR work. In 2013, she assumed leadership of an expanded unit encompassing work on gender rights in addition to SRHR.

Before joining the foundation as a director, Margaret served for two years as vice president for programs at American Jewish World Service, an international development organization where she managed the grant making, international service and advocacy programs. She also spent seven years as vice president for programs at the Ms. Foundation for Women and was responsible for grant making, training and advocacy work focused on strengthening policies and programs that benefit low-income women and their families in the United States.

Margaret has also worked for several international agencies and lived and worked in China and Burma. She has a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.


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Margaret Hempel manages the strategy, foundationwide for the following initiatives:

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Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice

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