President and CEO
Suzanne Ehlers is President and CEO of PAI, and has worked for the last 20 years to promote women's health, rights and empowerment across the globe. Ms. Ehlers has carried out this work at PAI for more than a decade, and has led the organization since 2009. She is highly regarded as an advocate, convener, and thought leader.
Ms. Ehlers and PAI are passionately committed to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people, but especially of women and young people. Under her leadership, PAI leads U.S. and global advocacy for international reproductive health and family planning, and provides significant financial and technical resources to partners in Africa, South Asia and Latin America—nearly $2.2 million in 2017 alone.
Ms. Ehlers has repeatedly served on the U.S. government delegation to the United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development. She serves as a board member for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Ibis Reproductive Health; is an Environmental Leadership Liaison for Rachel's Network; and has previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council, the Janelia Family Foundation, The Biodiversity Project, and the Asia Pacific Alliance. For two years, Ms. Ehlers co-led the Rights & Empowerment working group of FP2020.
Ms. Ehlers is a frequent speaker on issues of women’s health and rights and has been profiled by New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, National Journal and Grist. She was honored as a Devex’s “40 under 40” International Development Leader, and by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Prior to joining PAI, Ms. Ehlers was a grantmaker at the Wallace Global Fund. At Wallace she supported a strategic grants portfolio that broke new ground in the fields of sustainable forestry and international financial institution reform, as well as laid the early foundation for philanthropic engagement on climate change.
Ms. Ehlers served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic (CAR) following her graduation from Cornell University with a degree in Government. Ms. Ehlers speaks French and Sango (language of the CAR) and is an avid traveler and baker. She resides in Washington, DC, with her husband and two daughters.
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