Maisha Strozier joined the Population Council in 2013 and leads the Community Spaces for Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment (CSAGE) program in Nigeria. CSAGE improves the sexual and reproductive health of poor and vulnerable adolescent girls in six states of northern Nigeria. The project employs a model pioneered by the Population Council, in which girls meet with mentors and friends in girl-only locations, also known as “safe spaces.” The girls get information about sexual and reproductive health and financial literacy, as well as referrals to girl-friendly financial and health services and other key assets. The five-year program, which began in July 2013, is expected to reach 100,000 girls ages 10–19.
Strozier has extensive experience working in northern Nigeria and in the Niger Delta region. She has more than 20 years of management-level experience with government and nonprofit agencies in the United States and West Africa. Before joining the Council, she worked as a consultant in Nigeria on several democracy and governance projects. Before that, she served as the country director in Nigeria for Africare, where she managed health-focused programs providing community-level delivery of services for HIV and AIDS and malaria. She served as Nigeria country director for Oxfam and as deputy country director for CEDPA/Nigeria, implementing reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and democracy and governance programs. Strozier worked for more than 10 years with the Peace Corps, serving as a community-based, small business development volunteer in Togo, West Africa, before working in several other capacities with the agency, including country director in Sierra Leone.
Strozier holds a master of city and regional planning (MCP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in economics from Auburn University in Alabama.