Naomi Rutenberg is a vice president and director of the Population Council’s HIV and AIDS program. She provides leadership and strategic direction to the Council’s HIV biomedical, operations, and behavioral research and product development, contributing to slowing the spread of the HIV epidemic by improving access to safe and effective products and services for underserved groups. As a member of the Council’s leadership team, she sets institutional priorities, develops plans and policies, allocates resources, oversees implementation of programs, and communicates the Council’s mission, values, and achievements internally and externally. Rutenberg also oversees new business development and fundraising.
Rutenberg has broad technical knowledge and expertise in monitoring and evaluation and in applied, behavioral, operations, and health services and health systems research. She promotes the use of research results to strengthen policy and programs through peer-reviewed publications, reports, presentations, and other media.
Rutenberg joined the Council in 1995. She served as director of the $105-million USAID-funded Horizons Program and SEARCH IQC, and as deputy director in East and Southern Africa of the Council’s Africa Operations Research Program.
Rutenberg serves on the editorial committee of the Council’s journal Studies in Family Planning, on the editorial board of the Journal of the International AIDS Society, and on the Scientific Programme Committee for the 2014 International AIDS Conference. She received her PhD in sociology and demography from Princeton University. She also holds an MA in Latin American studies from the University of Florida.