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Traci L. Baird

President & CEO, EngenderHealth

Traci’s passion for global health was cemented on her first trip to Ghana in 1995 where she met brilliant and passionate women’s health professionals, negotiated a groundbreaking operations research project with the ministry of health, and learned she could purchase avocados for pennies.

Since then, Traci held many roles at Ipas, a global sexual and reproductive health and rights organization, ultimately overseeing its programs across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Subsequently, Traci served as CEO of SHIFT NC, a nonprofit organization working to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health across North Carolina.

Traci is currently the President and CEO of EngenderHealth. EngenderHealth has a 75-year history of supporting governments to improve contraceptive counseling and services as well as improving access to care for HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, safe abortion, postabortion care, obstetric fistula, and gender-based violence. EngenderHealth’s strategy involves working with individuals, communities, institutions, and policies to advance gender equality in and through its sexual and reproductive health and rights programs.

Traci has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, and a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, with a concentration in Women’s Health. She has published articles in multiple public health and medical journals.