The Secretariat supports the coalition-building functions of the Self-Care Trailblazer Group (SCTG) – including operations, administration, communications, outreach, and global advocacy as well as deliverables for the SCTG’s programmatic elements and reporting to donors. The Secretariat’s coalition-building role is guided by the Coalition Steering Committee (CSC), while the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) oversees its programmatic functions.
Population Services International (PSI) houses the staff that makes up the SCTG Secretariat through 2023, at which time this function will shift to a new host that can more closely support the coalition and programmatic functions in the Global South.
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Kimberly Whipkey is an accomplished advocacy and communications professional with more than 15 years of experience advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights internationally and in the United States. She currently works at White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), where she leads the development and execution of WRA’s communication strategy and oversees the implementation of country advocacy strategies. During her tenure at WRA, Kimberly has served as the SCTG Country Advocacy Working Group Co-Chair and a lead organizer of the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series. Prior to WRA, she worked at PATH as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health policy and advocacy goals in PATH’s program countries and to support the introduction and scale up of new contraceptive options including DMPA-SC, Woman’s Condom, and Caya Diaphragm. Before PATH, she oversaw grassroots advocacy to strengthen U.S. foreign policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Center for Health and Gender Equity and led community mobilization to advance state-level reproductive health policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Maine. She received an MPH from George Mason University and a BA in sociology and women and gender studies from Bates College.