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Global Family Planning, Climate, and Investment Experts Join Population Council Board of Trustees

NEW YORK (25 June 2014) — The Population Council announces the appointment of three new board members: Marc Saiontz, managing director at American Securities; Theo Spencer, senior advocate in the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Amy Ong Tsui, professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and senior scholar at the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

“We are extremely pleased that Marc, Theo, and Amy have agreed to join the board of trustees,” said Peter J. Donaldson, president of the Population Council. “They share a commitment to making a positive difference in the world and bring with them important expertise in the fields of research, finance, and environmental advocacy. The Council is proud to have them on our board.”

Saiontz is an investment professional and managing director at American Securities. He has served as a member of the Population Council’s investment committee since 2012 and is treasurer and a board member of Echoing Green. Saiontz received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Spencer is senior advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Climate and Clean Air Program. He manages NRDC’s climate preparedness initiative, with a focus on the impacts of climate change on cities and on water resources. He also contributes to federal, state, and city efforts to reduce global warming pollution and to overhaul federal coal mining practices. A former reporter at Fortune magazine, he works with the financial community to raise awareness about the risks posed by climate change, and opportunities in clean energy investment. Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, and a master’s degree from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. In addition to his work at NRDC, he is a vice president of the Rockefeller Family Fund and secretary of Trust for America’s Health.

Tsui has extensive experience in global population and reproductive health. She is a leader in the global reproductive health movement, a prolific scholar, and an organizer of the influential biennial international conference series on family planning beginning in Kampala, Uganda in 2009, launched with former Population Council board member Jotham Musinguzi. Her research interests include family planning, fertility, and related health issues in developing countries. Tsui serves on many national and international committees and has won numerous awards for her scientific work and service.

The new trustees join 14 other women and men from eight countries, who are experts in HIV and AIDS, economics, education, finance, international law, family planning, population, and public health.

A list of the Population Council’s board of trustees is available here.

About the Population Council

The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees.