The United Nations Foundation announced today the appointment of Tamara Kreinin as the new Executive Director for Women and Population.
“The issues of population, sexual and reproductive health, and women’s empowerment cross-cut all of the major issues the UN Foundation is engaged in,” said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation. “We are delighted that someone with Tamara’s experience and talent has joined us to lead our ongoing efforts to prioritize the needs and opportunities of adolescent girls, the role of reproductive health on the front lines of HIV/AIDS prevention, and the international leadership of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.”
Tamara Kreinin joined the United Nations Foundation as the Executive Director of Women and Population effective September 1, 2007. Her experience in health and human services spans over 25 years. From 2000 to 2004, Kreinin served as President/CEO of SIECUS, The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, where she was a leader in the national dialogue on sexual health and rights. Kreinin significantly broadened the scope of SIECUS’s programs and increased its budget and visibility. She enhanced its education and information services for diverse communities across the U.S. and globally. Under her leadership, SIECUS significantly expanded in international reach. Kreinin developed partnerships with the media — ranging from engaging teens through MTV to reaching parents through public television. Additionally, Kreinin built a strong policy office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining SIECUS, Kreinin was the director of state and local affairs at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy in Washington, D.C. At the Campaign, she developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan for states and local communities to reduce teenage pregnancy. Kreinin was previously a senior program associate at the Southern Regional Project on Infant Mortality, where she organized and participated in legislative briefings on adolescent pregnancy prevention, welfare reform, and children in out-of-home placement. She has advised governors, legislators, state and local public health officials, and advocates on effective public health policy.
Tamara currently serves on the Board of Directors of both The Center for Gender and Health Equality (CHANGE) and the Inwood House. For the past two years, she has also been heavily involved in efforts to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
She co-authored Girls’ Night Out, a book about women’s groups across America, published in August 2002 by the Crown Publishing Group of Random House and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, and the BBC. She is also a frequent source for the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, and Associated Press, among other publications.