Carmen Barroso, PhD

Member at Large

Dr. Carmen Barroso was the Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) before stepping down in spring 2016. Among her responsibilities was the leadership of a comprehensive accreditation system to ensure accountability among member associations. She taught reproductive health and rights as Huber Humphrey Distinguished Professor at Macalester College and research methods at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was also a senior researcher with the Chagas Foundation, where she pioneered innovative evaluation methods and later created Brazil’s first and foremost women’s studies center. Dr. Barroso also became the first non-American to be appointed as director in the US MacArthur Foundation.

Carmen Barroso holds a PhD from Columbia University. She has numerous articles in professional journals and popular media in Brazil and internationally, and has consulted for many international and intergovernmental agencies. Dr. Barroso was a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University and received several academic and public service awards, including Ford Foundation and Fulbright Scholarships. In 2011 she was also named among the world’s 100 most influential leaders for maternal health by Women Deliver.