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Donna Barry

Director, Women's Health and Rights Program

Expertise: Women's rights

Donna Barry is the Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at American Progress.

Donna most recently served as the advocacy and policy director at Partners In Health, or PIH, where she worked from 2001 to 2013 with breaks to work as a nurse practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital and as Operation Vote director in New Hampshire for the 2012 campaign. She led PIH’s advocacy and policy efforts related to health and hunger, socioeconomic development in Haiti, increased funding for global health, maternal mortality, tuberculosis, and health system strengthening. She has participated in briefings and hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives on Haiti debt relief, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and reproductive health. Previously, she led the Partners In Health project to treat MDR-TB in Russia and was co-director of PIH’s women’s health programs in Haiti. Donna also advised PIH’s nursing activities and provided clinical and program advice to PIH’s women’s health programs. Prior to joining PIH, Donna worked for Family Care International, Family Health International, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, World Learning, and a few other domestic and international health organizations.

Donna received her R.N. and M.S.N. with certifications in women’s and adult health from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and earned master’s degrees in international affairs and public health, specializing in reproductive health, maternal child health, international development, and the former Soviet Union, from Columbia University in New York.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and political science from Saint Louis University.