Myra Batchelder is a nonprofit leader with over 17 years of experience. She led programs and projects and worked on policy and advocacy efforts at state, national, and international nonprofits for over a decade, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice and economic justice. In 2012, she launched her own consulting company. Over the past seven years, she has consulted with global, national, and local nonprofits and foundations, with a concentration in gender equality 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, Leadership Matters Consulting, Political Research Associates, and Ibis Reproductive Health.
Previously, Myra helped oversee the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, based at Family Care International. For over three years, she directed two national programs at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York 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). She was also awarded a one-year 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: New York Abortion Access Fund Board and Chair, National Network of Abortion Funds Board of Directors, Raising Women’s Voices National Advisory Board, Medicaid Matters NY Steering Committee, Sex Education Alliance of New York City Steering Committee, New York City LARC Access Task Force, and New York City Comptroller's Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy. She also served as a Fellow Advisor for Global Health Corps, Advisory Panel member for a global health challenge competition organized by UNFPA and OpenIDEO, and as a volunteer at a school and poverty reduction program in Peru.
Myra is actively involved in social justice movements, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. She is passionate about breaking down silos, building community, and connecting global and domestic spheres. She co-founded and leads the Reproductive Health Happy Hour, movement-building and networking events that began in New York City and are now 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 is active in her community. She was elected in 2018 as a County Committee member for the Kings County Democratic Party to represent Election 71, Assembly District 57. She also founded and leads a monthly support group for Brooklyn-based consultants and entrepreneurs.
Myra holds a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and spent her junior year of college at Oxford University. Myra grew up in rural Michigan, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.