Joanne Gleason is the associate director for the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program. She is based in Washington, DC, and manages sexual and reproductive health programming in both the Council’s country offices and at its Center for Biomedical Research. Gleason serves as a liaison to Council donors and partners, and works with country colleagues to support the implementation of research and projects that improve the health and well-being of communities.
Gleason worked in the Council’s New York office for 10 years, initially managing programming for Latin America and the Caribbean, and subsequently for sub-Saharan Africa. In these roles, she provided operational support on research to improve family planning, reproductive health, and safe motherhood and to prevent sexual and gender-based violence, female genital mutilation/cutting, and HIV and AIDS. Since 2000, Gleason has served in a global capacity, managing Council sexual and reproductive health programming for Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She generates evidence to support improvement and equity in health and rights and believes that choice and access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services can help save and improve the lives of women and their families worldwide.
Gleason is a member of the Respectful Maternity Care Advisory Board 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.