MENLO PARK, Calif. – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that Christine Clark has joined the Foundation as a Program Officer in the Global Development and Population Program.
With broad experience in the public health and youth services sectors, Clark will be principally responsible for managing the portfolio of grants that supports family planning services and advocacy to protect reproductive rights in the U.S. She will report to Program Director Ruth Levine, and collaborate with other program officers and associates to develop and oversee grantmaking strategies for reducing unwanted pregnancies, both domestically and internationally.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Clark was the executive director of Teen Success Inc. (TSI), a nonprofit organization based in Milpitas, California, which provides a support network for teenage mothers to help them stay in school and delay having another child until they are emotionally and financially ready.
Christine began her career in reproductive health and rights during a year volunteer teaching in rural Namibia. After three of her teenage students became pregnant and were forced to leave school, she began teaching sex education and assisting the students to advocate for the right of all girls to stay in school. She went on to teach sex education and work with teen parents at the Teen Pregnancy Coalition of San Mateo County; facilitate the government of Namibia’s effort to integrate adolescent life skills and HIV prevention content into the national school curriculum; and oversee the New York City Department of Health’s adolescent-friendly health care program.
In addition, she has led the communications and marketing efforts for the international arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and acted as director of the Candie’s Foundation, which produces celebrity-driven ad campaigns to prevent teen pregnancy.
“Christine brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Foundation,” said Levine. “She will help the Global Development and Population Program build on its momentum in preventing unwanted pregnancies. We are thrilled to have her on board.”
Clark holds a bachelor’s of arts from the University of Southern California and a master’s of public health from Columbia University. She began work at the Foundation June 16th, 2014.
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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helps people build measurably better lives. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found here.