Ann M. Starrs, President

Ann Starrs is co-founder and president of Family Care International, a non-governmental organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer in the developing world. Ann has worked with the organization since its founding in 1986; her experience has included organizational and strategic development; on-the-ground program design and capacity-building, in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia; and global advocacy and policy-making on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health.

Ann is widely recognized as a leading advocate and technical expert on maternal health, and has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers and commentaries on global health policy issues. She is a member of steering committees and advisory boards for a broad range of international maternal and reproductive health initiatives, and served as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health from 2005 to 2011. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Before joining FCI, Ann worked with the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Carnegie Corporation of New York. She is trained in development economics and demography, with a Masters degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in Demography from Princeton’s Office of Population Research. Her undergraduate education was at Swarthmore College and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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