Kathleen Mogelgaard is President and CEO of the Population Institute, where she directs the organization’s advocacy and public education activities. Kathleen is passionate about promoting deeper understanding of linkages among issues that are critical for sustainable development, including population dynamics, reproductive rights, gender, climate change, and food security.Prior to taking the leadership helm the Population Institute in 2021, Kathleen was a senior fellow at the institute and Principal of KAM Consulting, where she worked with clients in Washington and globally in policy analysis, research, and advocacy. She served as senior advisor at Population Action International, policy advisor at Oxfam America, assistant director of government relations at the National Audubon Society, and fellow at the Population Reference Bureau, where she provided research support and technical assistance for conservation and development projects in Africa and Asia. Kathleen has participated as an observer in negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where she represented the World Resources Institute in advocating for effective adaptation planning that incorporates the expressed needs of marginalized and vulnerable communities. Kathleen was the lead researcher and writer of “Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All,” the United Nations Population Fund’s 2019 State of World Population Report. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, and holds masters degrees in public policy and natural resources from the University of Michigan.
Jennie Wetter is the Director of Public Policy at the Population Institute, where she fights every day for reproductive health and rights. Jennie is also the host of our podcast, rePROs Fight Back, which is a deep-dive into reproductive health, rights, and justice issues like abortion, birth control, sex education, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. New episodes debut every other Tuesday, and give you an insider’s perspective on what is happening and what you can do to fight back. Originally from Wisconsin, she has lived in Washington D.C for the last 15 years. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.A. from the American University’s School for International Service.
Eman Sleem is the Director of Finance and Administration at the Population Institute. Eman leads financial budgeting, accounting and reporting for the organization. She manages all audit, insurance, state registration and related administrative activities. She also administers all human resource functions and building operations. Eman has 12 years experience in the non-profit sector and holds a BA in Sociology and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She is currently a candidate for the Project Management Certificate at Georgetown University.
Rachel Marchand is the Digital Media Manager for the Population Institute, where she manages and develops social media content related to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls around the world. She is a co-producer of Population Institute’s reproductive health and rights podcast, RePROs Fight Back. Rachel previously worked at the United States Senate, and received her BA in International Relations at the University of New Mexico. She is a current Master’s in Public Health candidate.
Vina Smith-Ramakrishnan is the Research Associate for the Population Institute, where she supports the Director of Research in the production of reports, policy briefs, and other research related to domestic and international reproductive health and rights. Vina recently graduated with her MPH in Global Health Policy from George Washington University, during which time she developed her passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights through an internship with Planned Parenthood. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she received her BA in Anthropology from St. Lawrence University.