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Kiki Kalkstein

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Kiki Kalkstein - 2017 Nominee
Position: Senior Policy Analyst
Organization: Pathfinder International
Current Location: United States, North America
Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley
Kiki has dedicated her career to advancing sexual & reproductive health & rights. As a young professional in DC, she leads Pathfinder’s advocacy efforts—spending every day working to improve the US and global health policy environment. – Caroline Crosbie, Senior Vice President at Pathfinder International
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In my current role at Pathfinder International I work to improve U.S. and global health policy environments by influencing and informing policy and appropriations decisions in Washington, DC. I also support the work of my fellow Pathfinder colleagues who are champions for family planning and reproductive health in their communities by supporting their advocacy work and building their advocacy skills. Before Pathfinder, I worked at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) where I led CHANGE's advocacy and outreach work, including organizing advocacy trainings on U.S. foreign policy and sexual and reproductive health.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I am an advocate at heart -- but it took seeing firsthand the huge impact that lack of access to family planning has on women and girls’ lives to realize that. In college I spent a summer working on an obstetric fistula project in a Uganda. Every young person that I worked with faced overwhelming barriers to sexual and reproductive health information and services. That experience solidified my desire to work in this field, I moved to Washington, DC and have been raising my voice ever since!

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

In order to make progress toward the FP2020 goals, it is critical that the global community commits to full and informed choice of contraceptives for adolescents and youth. I contribute to this critical work by leading two working groups, the Youth Health and Rights Coalition and the Enabling Youth Access to Contraception Issue Team of The Advocacy Collaborative. Through this work I am able to bring implementing and advocacy organizations together to more effectively collaborate on our goals.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Right now is a critical time for continued U.S. leadership in global heath, especially family planning and reproductive health. If named a 120 under 40 winner, I will work with my Pathfinder colleagues to bring stories of successful projects that are changing the lives of the women, men and young people that we work with every day to policymakers in Washington, DC. Now more than ever, policymakers in DC must be better informed about the lifesaving work that U.S. family planning funding supports.

Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Speaking at the Women Deliver Youth Pre-Conference, 2016., Work with the Uganda Village Project, 2008., Speaking at the CARE National Conference, 2017.

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