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Sharon Bissell Sotelo

Director, Mexico

Sharon Bissell Sotelo 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 reproductive rights organization in Mexico, as a consultant for numerous Mexican civil society organizations and networks, and as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She has served as the Board Chair of the Funders Network for Population and Reproductive Health and Rights, a donor affinity group that facilitates the exchange of information, strategies and analysis for grantmakers that focus on these issues. In 2013 she was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, researching the US-Mexico relationship after the PRI’s return to power in Mexico.

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 has lived in Mexico since 1995, and also lived, studied and worked in the United States, France, Japan and Puerto Rico, and speaks English, Spanish and French.

Sharon Bissell Sotelo works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Human Rights

Migration

Population & Reproductive Health

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