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Executive Director, Advance Family Planning
Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Rep
Senior Associate

Beth Fredrick, BA, works to assure that no one is left behind in attaining sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her work currently focuses on advocacy theory, practice, and partnerships.

Contact Info

Research Interests

reproductive health; sexual health; reproductive and sexual rights; abortion; contraception; sexually transmitted infection; HIV/AIDS; advocacy; communications
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Wisconsin
Beth Fredrick is helping to lead the Advance Family Planning advocacy initiative as the Co-Principal Investigator and Executive Director, with The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. She is also Deputy Director of the Gates Institute, a Senior Associate in the Population, Family and Reproductive Health Department, and a co-founder of the Center on Public Health Advocacy.

She has worked with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs, the International Women’s Health Coalition as Executive Vice President, and the Guttmacher Institute as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She was a Bell Fellow with Harvard University and adjunct faculty with the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a former Chair of the Ibis Reproductive Health Board and serves on the Board of EMpower, a grant-making organization which supports health and development programs in emerging markets and the U.S. Board of the Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW).
Honors & Awards
Felicia Stewart Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy Award, American Public Health Association. 2020
Fellow, American Management Association. 2008
Bell Fellow, Harvard University Center for Population and Development Studies. 1997
Select Publications
Representative publications focusing on sexual and reproductive rights and health.
  • "The Future of Advocacy: Local Ownership, Sustainability, and Grant-making" with Duff Gillespie, Sabrina Karklins, and Sarah Whitmarsh, 2020
  • “Universal Access to Reproductive Health—A Human Right,” Issue Note, International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development, 2010
  • “Behind Bars: When Abortion is Illegal Some Women Die, Others Go to Prison,” Conscience, Volume XXXI-No. 1, Catholics for Choice, 2010
  • “Towards 2015—Invest in Health, Rights and the Future: A Synthesis of Civil Society Engagement in Achieving the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development,” prepared for Global Partners in Action, NGO Forum, Berlin, 2009
  • “Towards a Sexual Ethics of Rights and Responsibilities,” with Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Adrienne Germain and Kate Bourne, Reproductive Health Matters, 2009
Advance Family Planning Advocacy Initiative