I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Robert J. Walker as the Population Institute’s new President. Bob, who has served for nearly three years as Executive Vice President, will replace me in that role. I will continue to serve as the Chairman and CEO.
Bob has done an outstanding job in expanding our public education efforts, both domestically and internationally. With more than three decades of policy work in Washington, he understands what it takes to raise public awareness and translate that awareness into action. In his new position, he will devote more time to public speaking and forging the partnerships that are needed to advance family planning and reproductive health.
Immediately prior to joining the Population Institute in February of 2009, Bob served as President of the Population Resource Center. Previously, he has also served as the Executive Director of the Common Cause Education Fund, President of Handgun Control and the Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and Legislative Counsel for AARP. He also worked for 14 years on Capitol Hill as a top aide to three Congressional leaders.
In assuming his new duties, Walker states, “Given its 42-year history, I’m very proud to work for the Population Institute. With 7 billion people on the planet and the largest generation ever of young people entering their prime reproductive years, there’s a lot to do. Without a greater commitment to family planning and the realization of gender equality, many of the gains that we have made in improving human well-being could be imperiled.”
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