MacArthur has named Judith F. Helzner Director of its Population and Reproductive Health program area. In this position, Helzner will be responsible for providing strategic oversight of the area's grantmaking, which includes developing grants to international organizations in the population field and serving as advisor to staff members in the Foundation's Mexico, Nigeria, and India offices on grantmaking related to population and reproductive health.
Helzner joined the Foundation in July 2002 as Associate Director of the Population and Reproductive Health program area and was named Acting Director in January 2003, following the departure of Carmen Barroso.
"As Acting Director Judith Helzner provided strong leadership and has made substantial intellectual contributions. We are very pleased to be able to promote her to Area Director," said Mitchel Wallerstein, Vice President of the Program on Global Security and Sustainability, the Foundation's international grantmaking program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Helzner was with the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, where she first served as Director of Program Coordination, starting in 1987, and was later named Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health, a position she held from 1997 to 2002. Helzner has also worked with the International Women's Health Coalition (1985-1987), with Private Agencies Collaborating Together (1982-1984), and with Pathfinder Fund in Boston (1977-1982). She has been a consultant to several organizations, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she co-chaired its Interagency Gender Working Group Subcommittee on Men and Reproductive Health.
Helzner graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in French and received master's degrees in both demography and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.