Erika Martin is the director of the Population Council’s Research Impact portfolio, leading collaborative efforts to translate research into policies, programs and technologies that address critical health and development issues.
Martin is a public health leader with over fifteen years of experience in social sciences and operations research, program development and management, and use of evidence to strengthen reproductive health programs and health systems. Throughout her career, she has provided technical expertise to advance research utilization efforts with partners at national, regional, and global levels. Her professional experience extends across more than a dozen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and other regions of the world.
Before joining the Council in 2019, Martin was Senior Implementation Science Advisor for USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health where she provided technical expertise and capacity development to increase translation of evidence with a focus on family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH). Prior to USAID, Martin was based in Nairobi, Kenya for more than five years as Deputy then Acting Director for FHI 360’s Africa regional technical team. In this role, she provided technical expertise and management oversight for a nearly $80 million health portfolio and 30 staff. Martin has also worked with FHI360’s global research utilization and field programs teams to advance evidence-based integration of health services.
In addition, Martin has conducted research on adolescent health and preterm birth for the Carolina Population Center and worked with Medicos del Mundo to develop comprehensive community-based health, nutrition, and education programs in Latin America. She speaks Spanish and basic Kiswahili, and she holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Honors College at the University of Michigan.