Myra Batchelder is a non-profit leader with over 15 years experience. She led programs and projects at national and international non-profits for over a decade, with a focus on policy and advocacy efforts to ensure sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice and economic justice. In 2012, she launched her own consulting company. Over the past five years, she has consulted with global, national, and local nonprofits and foundations, with a concentration in women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. Her clients include: Women Deliver, Center for Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Health Technologies Project, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ipas, New Venture Fund, What Works for Women and Girls, and Ibis Reproductive Health.
Previously, Myra helped oversee the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, based at Family Care International. For four years, she directed two national programs at the National Institute for Reproductive Health to expand reproductive health care access for low-income women and improve sex education policies. She also served as Policy Analyst for the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos, a national public policy organization, and as Community Advocacy Manager at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). For her work at SIECUS, she was selected by Kaiser Family Foundation and MTV as one of the the "Top 40 HIV/AIDS Activists Under 30" worldwide. After college, she was awarded a competitive research fellowship at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington DC, working on the intersections of reproductive health and welfare reform.
Myra has served on numerous boards and committees, including: National Network of Abortion Funds Board of Directors, New York Abortion Access Fund Board and Chair, Raising Women’s Voices National Advisory Board, New York City LARC Access Task Force, Medicaid Matters NY Steering Committee, and NYC Comptroller's Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy. She also served as a Fellow Advisor for Global Health Corps.
Myra is actively involved in the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movements, and is passionate about connecting the global and domestic spheres. She co-founded and leads the Repro Health Happy Hour, movement-building and networking events held in over 35 cities worldwide. From 2013-14, Myra was awarded a CoreAlign Generative Fellowship where she worked to build bridges between the domestic and international sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movements.
Myra holds a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and spent her junior year of college at Oxford University. Myra was born and raised in rural Michigan, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.