Center for American Progress

RELEASE: Donna Barry Joins CAP as Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program
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RELEASE: Donna Barry Joins CAP as Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress announced that Donna Barry will join the organization as the Director of CAP’s Women’s Health and Rights program. In this role, Barry will lead CAP’s efforts to develop and advance policies that ensure that women have an equal opportunity to live healthy and economically secure lives by making the best health choices for themselves and their families. She will also work with CAP’s policy and communications teams to combine long-term strategic thinking with rapid-response communications around issues of importance to the reproductive health, rights, and justice community.

Barry is a nurse practitioner and brings her experience in the policy and advocacy world as well as the health care industry to her position at CAP. She served as the advocacy and policy director at Partners In Health, or PIH, and is appointed as a researcher at the Division of Global Health Equity, or DGHE, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. 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; multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, or MDR-TB; 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 advised PIH’s and DGHE’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 master’s degree in nursing with certifications in women’s and adult health from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2001. She also 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 in 1992.

To speak with Donna Barry, please contact Madeline Meth at or 202.741.6277.