Mary Nell Wegner joined the Maternal Health Task Force in November 2011 after working in international public health for more than 20 years, and serves as the Executive Director. In this capacity, she oversees work that spans the MHTF portfolio and includes a number of partners, as well as faculty, staff, and students.
Previously, she has worked directly for donors (the Rockefeller Foundation, UNFPA and the Empower Foundation) as well as community-based and nonprofit organizations at both the local and global levels (Jubilee Refugee Camp, The White Mountain Apache Tribal Health Authority, The Women’s Dignity Project, Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, The Margaret Sanger Center and EngenderHealth). She has worked with teams to help strengthen reproductive and maternal health programming in a variety of contexts in Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the US.
Mary Nell has a special interest in work with adolescents, reproductive health and social justice, quality of care in labor and delivery, obstetric fistula prevention and treatment, malaria in pregnancy, and gender issues.
She did her undergraduate work in Cultural Anthropology (BA, Yale) and graduate work in International Education (EdM, Harvard) and public health (MPH, UCLA).