Ann K. Blanc is vice president of social and behavioral science research at the Population Council. Under her leadership the Population Council is pursuing rigorous research on cutting-edge priorities in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, adolescents and girls’ education. She also directs the Council’s initiative on population, environmental risks, and climate change.
Before joining the Council in 2011, Blanc was director of the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. Between 2005 and 2009, she was a program officer in the Population and Reproductive Health Program at The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She also worked for over a decade at the Demographic and Health Surveys program.
Blanc is a member of the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences and the "Improving Coverage Measurement" group of technical experts working on improving the measurement of coverage of maternal, newborn and child health interventions. She chairs the editorial committee of the Council’s journal Studies in Family Planning and is a member of the editorial committee for Population and Development Review.
Blanc is the author of more than 75 scientific articles and book chapters on measurement issues, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, gender and power dynamics, fertility trends and patterns, and other topics. Her recent research is aimed at improving the quality of measurement in household surveys, estimating patterns of maternal mortality, and the relationship between women’s employment and childbearing. She received a PhD in sociology with a concentration in demography from Princeton University in 1985.