Carmen Barroso

Director, Population and Reproductive Health, Program on Global Security and Sustainability, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago

Carmen Barroso is director of the Population and Reproductive Health Area at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, a position she has held since 1991. Under her leadership, the Population and Reproductive Health Area has provided funding for hundreds of NGOs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that emphasize women's health and rights, and has helped to bring the voices of third world women to the international policy arena. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Barroso was a senior researcher at the Carlos Chagas Foundation in Sao Paulo, where she led a team of researchers that developed and implemented a pioneering women's studies center in Brazil; and the Hubert Humphrey Distinguished Visiting Professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she taught seminars on population policy and reproductive rights. She currently serves on the board of Hispanics in Philanthropy; was a founding member of DAWN, a network of third world women, and of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights; and has served on several boards and government commissions, and as a consultant for numerous international agencies. Dr. Barroso has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University in New York.


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