Washington, DC – Population Action International (PAI) today announced Roger-Mark De Souza as its new Vice President for Research and Director of the Climate Program.

De Souza is a veteran of the population and environmental movements, with more than 20 years experience as an analyst, author and speaker on reproductive health, population, health and environment linkages, sustainable development, and demographic trends. He will lead PAI’s research team in establishing a strong evidence base to support advocacy and engage new allies in the effort to create healthier women and families.

“Roger-Mark’s diverse research experience makes him an ideal fit for PAI as we undertake critical projects on reproductive health, population and environment issues,” said PAI President and CEO Suzanne Ehlers. “We’re thrilled to have a leader with such energy and commitment to head our research and climate work.”

De Souza comes to PAI with 10 years of experience leading the population, health and environment program at the Population Reference Bureau. In that role, he designed and implemented research projects, capacity-building programs and communications initiatives in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

For the past three years, he has worked as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at the Sierra Club, where he led a multi-million dollar foundation and corporate fundraising program for the Club’s climate recovery work. De Souza has also worked at the World Resources Institute and the Pan American Development Foundation.

“Policies and programs must build upon research so that action will have lasting impacts,” said De Souza. “I’m delighted to be working at PAI because of its impressive track record moving research into the policy arena and building partnerships to improve the lives of women and families around the world.”

De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies. Born and raised in the Caribbean, he now lives in Virginia with his wife, two teenage sons, and dog, Yogi.


For more information contact Michael Khoo, mkhoo@popact.org, 202-669-7911