William N. Ryerson, Shelburne, Vermont – Ryerson serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at the Population Institute. He is the founder of the Population Media Center and has served as President and CEO of the organization for more than two decades. In total, he has worked in the areas of population and reproductive health for more than four decades. During much of that time, he has worked in the fields of entertainment education and behavior change communication, promoting and refining the Sabido methodology and adapting it for use in over three dozen countries. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which has led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.Phil. from Yale University. He served as Director of the Population Institute’s Youth and Student Division, Development Director of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Executive Vice President of Population Communications International before founding Population Media Center in 1998. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development.
Earl Babbie, Ph.D., Hot Springs Village, Arkansas – In addition to his service on the Board of Directors, Babbie serves as the Secretary. An emeritus professor of Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University, he is the author of The Practice of Social Research and The Basics of Social Research, among other textbooks and scholarly works. He serves as a pro-bono research advisor to PMC. He received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jeff Burrow, MBA, Dallas, Texas – Jeff is the founder of S3R Holdings, LLC a commercial real estate investment and development company and is co-owner of The Lot, a family-oriented restaurant in East Dallas. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with a focus on Social Policy at American University in Washington D.C., which he expects to finish in 2017. He spent 12 years in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at Energy Transfer Partners and has an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Jerri Lea Shaw, Columbia, Maryland – In addition to her long-standing service on the Board of Directors, Shaw serves as Treasurer. Her father, Rodney Shaw, was the founder of the Population Institute. She is the founder of JBS International, a consulting firm focused on strengthening health care policy, financing and service delivery. She served for many years as the president of JBS International.
Timothy R. Williams, Arlington, Virginia – Senior Evaluation Advisor to John Snow, Inc. (JSI) since 1998,, he has over three decades of experience in monitoring and evaluation, applied research, and management of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries. His focus areas of work have included adolescent sexual and reproductive health, quality of care of family planning programs, family planning supply chain logistics, and programmatic/financial sustainability, always with the aim of building host-country capacity in monitoring and evaluation approaches and use of information for program improvement. Before joining JSI, he held research and evaluation positions at the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception (now EngenderHealth), and PROFAMILIA (IPPF affiliate) in Colombia. He lived and worked for one year in Kenya and two years in Colombia, and has worked in 30 countries worldwide. He holds Masters degrees in Economics and Environmental Management from Yale University.
Itang H. Young, Mdiv., New York, New York – Itang is the Executive Director of The Abyssinian Fund, Inc, a nonprofit committed to reducing poverty in Ethiopia with innovative partnerships and support for Ethiopian coffee farming communities. Itang provides the program direction, leadership, and management for domestic and Ethiopian-based staff. She is also the Assistant Minister for Youth at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, overseeing the planning, development, and implementation of a youth ministry. 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; and The American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York. 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.