May/June 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 5

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Sociologist Selected as the President of the Population Reference Bureau


Wendy Baldwin, Vice President and Director of the Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program at the Population Council, has been selected as president and CEO of the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC. She will begin her duties on June 27. She succeeds William P. Butz as PRB’s president. Butz resigned in February 2011 after seven years to join the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria. 

"Wendy has a wealth of U.S. and international leadership experience," said Faith Mitchell, chairwoman of the board. "[She] will bring her talent, dedication, and energy to a strong and influential global organization in the field of population, health, and the environment."

Wendy Baldwin

Wendy Baldwin

Baldwin has published dozens of research articles in journals and edited volumes on topics related to adolescent sexual health, adolescent contraceptive use, and women and HIV/AIDS. She received her PhD in sociology and demography from the University of Kentucky.

As vice president and director of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, Baldwin worked with country directors and professional staff to implement research to improve the future of young people. Prior to joining the Population Council, Baldwin was executive vice president for research at the University of Kentucky, 2003-06; and deputy director for extramural research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 1994-2002. From 1973 to 1993, she worked at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health.

Baldwin has served on the boards of directors and advisory boards of a number of government agencies, professional associations, and other organizations including the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, Population Association of America, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, World Health Organization, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of PRB since 2006. 

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