Board of Directors

PMC’s expert Board of Directors is a constant source of direction.

Penny Hawkins
Wellington, Northland, New Zealand
Board Member since November 12, 2019

Penny is an evaluation specialist with over 30 years of experience. Prior to establishing her own business in 2016, she was Head of Evaluation at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for several years. Penny has served in evaluation leadership and management roles in government, philanthropy and NGOs, including at The Rockefeller Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand. She is a former Chair of the OECD-DAC Network on Development Evaluation (2013-16) and former President and Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES). Penny’s publications include a book – Evaluation Cultures: Sense Making in Complex Times, and she is currently co-editing a book on ethics and evaluation. Penny is the founder and CEO of a woman-owned international development evaluation consultancy – Creative Evaluation Limited, working with philanthropic, multi-lateral and private sector organizations to develop relevant and effective measurement and learning systems for impact management.

Ron Hoge, MBA
San Francisco, California
Board Member since August 1, 2017

Ron is the Chairman of Pinnacle Engines, a venture-backed energy tech startup. Ron has 40 years of global business experience in a wide range of industries with leadership roles in several Fortune 500 companies. He also serves on the board of microfinance leader ACCION and is a trustee at EARTH University in Costa Rica. Ron has a B.A. in Mathematics from Amherst College and an M.B.A in Marketing from Stanford University.

Kristina Hare Lyons, MPH, MALD
Boston, Massachusetts
Board member since June 10, 2020

Kristina Hare Lyons is a humanitarian, filmmaker, consultant, entrepreneur, and mother. She started her own business in 2007, Portobello Road, a retail store that emphasizes fair trade and eco-friendly products. Previously, she worked at Physicians for Human Rights on a landmark study on war-related sexual violence in Sierra Leone, at Elle Magazine as West Coast Editor, as an Associate Producer at Frontline, and with filmmaker Oliver Stone on numerous projects. More recently, she consulted  with the Ministry of Health in Liberia through the Harvard Ministerial Leadership program on efforts to address tragically high rates of maternal mortality there and is developing content at her film company, Lyonshare Pictures. Kristina currently sits on the board of Urban Improv in Boston and holds a Masters in Public Health and Population from Harvard, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, and a BA from Tufts.

Cynthia McClintock, Ph. D
Washington D.C.
Board member since June 15, 2021

Dr. McClintock is a Professor of Political Science at George Washington University. She is the author of Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2018), Revolutionary Movements in Latin America: El Salvador’s FMLN and Peru’s Shining Path (U.S. Institute of Peace, 1998), and Peasant Cooperatives and Political Change in Peru (Princeton University Press, 1981). She is also the co-editor of The Peruvian Experiment Reconsidered (Princeton University Press, 1983) and co-author of The United States and Peru: Cooperation at a Cost (Routledge, 2003). She was the President of the Latin American Studies Association in 1994-95, a member of the Council of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 1999-2000, and Chair of APSA’s Section on Comparative Democratization in 2003-05. Awarded a Fulbright grant, she taught at the Catholic University in Peru in 1987, and in 2008 received the Orden del Sol del Perú (Order of the Sun of Peru, awarded by the Peruvian state for extraordinary contributions to Peru). In 2019, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Latin American Studies Association’s Peru Section.

Jotham Musinguzi, MD, MPH
Kampala, Uganda
Board member since April 1, 2021

Dr. Musinguzi is the Director General of the National Population Council of Uganda. Previously, he served as Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) Africa Regional Office (ARO) based in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Musinguzi is a Public Health Physician. He was the recipient of the 2013 United Nations Population Prize from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). He is also the recipient of the 2014 International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement from the University at Albany Alumni Association. He serves on a number of boards including Women Deliver of New York, Commonwealth Medical Trust of London, among others. In 2012, Dr. Musinguzi was actively involved in the successful and landmark London Family Planning Summit, which culminated in FP2020, supported by Gates Foundation, United Kingdom Government, and UNFPA.

Jane Putch, MS
Chair, Nominating Committee
Los Angeles, California
Board member since November 17, 2014

Jane is President of Eyebait Management, a literary agency specializing in Young Adult and Adult Non-Fiction and Fiction. Jane’s previous work in brand management and licensing consulting generated more than $400 million in retail sales. Jane applies her dual expertise in arts and business to supporting educational outreach and women’s advancement programs. Jane served as President of the Board of Fashion Group International, Los Angeles and its Foundation and served on the Board of Population Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Master’s degree in International Management from Boston University, with special studies in Brussels Belgium.

William Ryerson, MPhil
President & Founder of PMC
Shelburne, Vermont
Board member since July 14, 1998

Bill oversees all PMC activity and travels around the world for current and new program development. Since 2008, Bill has also served as Chair of Population Institute in Washington, DC, which works in partnership with Population Media Center.  He has more than 40 years of experience working in the field of reproductive health, including three decades of experience with social and behavior change communications.  He holds a BA from Amherst College and a Master of Philosophy in Biology from Yale University.

Jerri Lea Shaw
Columbia, Maryland
Board member since January 13, 2012

Jerri is the co-founder and former President and Co-CEO of JBS International, a consulting firm focused on strengthening health care and social service policy, financing, and service delivery in domestic and international systems. JBS is one of the largest women-owned firms in the Washington metropolitan region, and Jerri has received multiple awards for corporate social leadership. She has been working to address women’s empowerment and reproductive health challenges for decades. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and a Master of Regional and City Planning from the University of North Carolina.

Itang H. Young, Mdiv.
New York, New York
Board member since March 14, 2018

Itang serves as Associate Pastor at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, overseeing the church and ministry operations. Itang also serves as the Executive Director of The Abyssinian Fund, Inc. which works to reduce poverty in Ethiopia by partnering with farming communities. Itang provides the program direction, leadership, and management for domestic and Ethiopian-based staff.  Itang serves as a board member for Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit; Blue Nile Passage, Inc.; Court Appointed Special Advocates for Youth; World Day of Prayer, USA; The American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York; and Population Media Center and Population Institute.  She holds a certificate in Eastern European Business, Law & Diplomacy from Moscow State University; a BS from Texas A&M University; and a Masters from the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. Itang completed a fellowship at UN Women in the Strategic Partnerships Division where she developed the Salesforce CRM change management processes, policies and procedures for the department. She is currently a doctoral student in the Administration and Supervision – Church and Non-Public Leadership Program at Fordham University.

Chris Purdy
Washington, DC
Board member since May 18, 2022

Chris is the Chairman of the Board of DKT International, also serving as President and CEO. From 1996 to 2011, he served as Country Director of DKT programs in Turkey, Ethiopia, and Indonesia, where he managed the largest private social marketing family planning program in the world. He is also the founder and CEO of carafem, a network of reproductive health centers serving populations in the USA. He is the author of numerous articles on family planning, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.  He received his BA from Carleton College and an MA from Cornell University.

Randy Freer
Park City, Utah
Board member since May 18, 2022

Randy Freer, CEO of The Freer Company, is a media, sports, and technology executive who excels in building innovative, consumer-focused, digital platforms for entertainment, education, gaming, and sports. Previously, Randy served as the CEO of Hulu, where his strategic initiatives helped attract 30+ million subscribers in just two years — a nearly 50% annual increase across multiple years. He has also led 21st Century Fox global entertainment and sports television assets and was the President and COO of the Fox Networks Group. In 2021, Randy became a Senior Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow.

Current World Population


Net Growth During Your Visit