Wendy Baldwin Selected as President of PRB

July 5, 2011 • Daily Email Recap

From Population Reference Bureau

Wendy Baldwin Selected as President of PRB

(Washington, D.C.) Wendy Baldwin, vice president and director, Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program at the Population Council, has been selected as president and CEO of the Population Reference Bureau, in Washington, D.C. She begins her duties on June 27.

“PRB’s Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce Wendy’s appointment as president,” notes Faith Mitchell, chairwoman of the board. “Wendy has a wealth of U.S. and international leadership experience, and will bring her talent, dedication, and energy to a strong and influential global organization in the field of population, health, and the environment.”

“PRB is a great organization with a global voice,” Baldwin said. “I share the fundamental commitment to ensuring that high-quality data are available to a wide variety of audiences, from schoolchildren to policymakers. I am thrilled to be coming to PRB.”

Baldwin succeeds William P. Butz as PRB’s president. Butz resigned in February 2011 after seven years to join the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria, as a senior research scholar, and the Wittgenstein Centre for Population and Global Human Capital as director of coordination and outreach. James E. Scott, PRB’s chief financial and operating officer, has been acting president.

Baldwin received her Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the University of Kentucky. She has published dozens of research articles in journals and edited volumes on topics related to adolescent sexual health, adolescent contraceptive use, and women and HIV/AIDS.

As vice president and director of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program, Baldwin worked with country directors and professional staff to implement research to improve the future of young people.

Prior to joining the Population Council, Baldwin was executive vice president for research at the University of Kentucky from 2003 to 2006; and deputy director for extramural research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, from 1994 to 2002. From 1972 to 1992, she was deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. During her tenure at NIH, she led the development of programs on adolescent childbearing and sexual behavior and AIDS risk behaviors.

Baldwin has served on the boards of directors and advisory boards of a number of government agencies, professional associations, and other organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Population Association of America, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, World Health Organization, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of PRB since 2006.

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