Joanne Gleason is the associate director of the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program based in Washington, DC. She manages technical and operational aspects of programs for reproductive health, both in the Council’s country offices and at its Center for Biomedical Research. Gleason serves as a liaison to donor colleagues and works with country offices to support the implementation of projects that improve family planning services and the health and well-being of communities.
Gleason joined the Council in 1989, initially managing the Council’s reproductive health and family planning program for Latin America and the Caribbean (1989-1993), and subsequently for sub-Saharan Africa (1994-1998). In these roles, she provided operational support for more than 200 projects, focusing on reproductive health, postabortion care, family planning and contraception, breastfeeding, female genital cutting, and HIV and AIDS. From 1999 to 2008, Gleason served as administrator for the USAID-funded global Frontiers in Reproductive Health program, supporting Council efforts in LAC, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Gleason works to generate evidence to support improvement and equity in reproductive healthcare and women’s rights. She believes that access to a range of family planning methods and maternal health resources can help save and improve the lives of women and their families worldwide.
Gleason has worked and traveled extensively in more than 35 countries throughout the developing world. She is a member of the Respectful Maternity Care Advisory Board, the International Best Practices Initiative, and the International Family Planning Coalition. She holds a master's degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's degree in foreign languages and international economics.