Position: Founder and Executive Director
Organization: Rise Up
“Denise advances access to quality family planning globally through advocacy in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the US. Denise is founder of Rise Up, an NGO that successfully advocated for 53 laws & policies impacting 115 million girls, youth, women.”
– Nancy Deyo, Senior Advisor of External Affairs at Rise Up
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.
I have worked in family planning since the beginning of my career. After college I worked at a family planning clinic in Ghana and learned the critical importance of women having control over their own fertility. I worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation immediately after graduate school. I have also been named among the ’30 under 30’ for reproductive rights. Currently, I am also on the Board of Directors for EngenderHealth, which champions family planning globally. Additionally, I have been invited to write a blog series for Ms Magazine on family planning issues to share my stories, challenges, and wins in improving SRHR.