Kaitlin Christenson

Strategy and Policy Advisor

2022 Leadership Journey Project: Harnessing the collective power of WomenLift Health cohorts to drive social change for womens rights

Kaitlin is an effective leader and strategist with nearly twenty years of experience in program leadership and management, global health policy and advocacy, strategy development, and coalition building. She leverages her expertise working with government stakeholders, nonprofits, universities and research institutions, and the for-profit sector in multiple geographies to produce meaningful collaborations and program impact across a range of topics. As a consultant, Kaitlin advises non-profits and family foundations to drive effective and sustainable change through policy and advocacy actions on a range of topics, including sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, global health research and development, and immunization. Previously, Kaitlin served as the Vice President for Vaccine Acceptance and Demand at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. In this role, she oversaw several program areas: educating media and health care professionals on vaccines and immunization, supporting community-level social and behavioral research to understand vaccine acceptance and hesitancy, and enhancing understanding of social media influence on vaccination decisions. 

Kaitlin also held several leadership positions at PATH, including directing a global contraceptive product introduction project, serving as the interim Chief of Staff and interim Director of Policy and Advocacy, leading the Global Health Technologies Coalition, managing several strategy development initiatives, and supporting low-and middle-income countries in evidence-based policymaking and preparing for new vaccine introduction. Kaitlin holds a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech.

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