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Sharon Bissell

Director, Mexico

Sharon Bissell


Sharon Bissell is Director for the Foundation’s Mexico Office, which provides grantmaking to civil society organizations in Population and Reproductive Health, and Human Rights. She has been with MacArthur in Mexico since 2001. Prior to her current position, she was Program Officer for Population and Reproductive Health grantmaking.

Before joining MacArthur, Sharon worked at a leading Mexican reproductive rights organization, as a consultant for numerous Mexican civil society organizations and networks, and as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Associates Assembly of Mexico’s Women’s Fund, Semillas, and has served as the Board Chair of Funders Network for Population and Reproductive Health and Rights, now Funders for Reproductive Equity. In 2013, she was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

She holds a Master’s Degree from Tulane University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Whitman College, and diploma courses in gender, reproductive health and human rights from El Colegio de México and the Universidad Tecnológica de Monterrey in Mexico. She is a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, and has lived in Mexico since 1995, and also lived, studied and worked in the United States (mainland and Puerto Rico), France, and Japan, and speaks English, Spanish and French.

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