Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program
Margot Fahnestock, a policy expert in family planning and reproductive health, serves as a program officer in the Foundation’s Population Program. She is responsible for grantmaking to reduce unintended pregnancies and ensure reproductive rights in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The grants include a mix of service delivery and advocacy strategies.
Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Fahnestock managed West Africa field operations for a health policy initiative at the Futures Group, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), for which she provided technical and managerial oversight for family planning and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, and malaria policy programs. Since 2005, she held a variety of positions with the Futures Group and has extensive experience working in Africa.
After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in English, Fahnestock spent two years in the Peace Corps, where she taught English in a rural village in Mali and designed a series of seminars on women’s health care issues that she presented to school-age girls.
Fahnestock received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago in 2000.