Serra Sippel is the president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), where she leads the organization's education and advocacy efforts to ensure that U.S. foreign policies and programs promote sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls globally.
Serra has more than 17 years of experience advocating for women's rights and related issues. Prior to joining CHANGE, Serra was the international program director at Catholics for Choice (CFC), where she worked for more than eight years to advance the sexual, reproductive, and other human rights of women around the world. In addition to her years at CFC, Serra has been involved in the fight for women's rights through her work at a homeless shelter for women with children in Texas, and on behalf of women prisoners in the state of Indiana. Serra also has collaborated with women's rights activists around the world to secure and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights. Among Serra's many achievements as an advocate is her leadership at the United Nations to safeguard the critical agreements regarding women's sexual and reproductive rights made at the UN world conferences in Cairo and Beijing.
Serra holds a master's degree in religion, with an emphasis on peace and justice. She is the author of numerous articles and other publications on sexual and reproductive health and rights, has spoken at international conferences, and is sought after for commentary and analysis on U.S. foreign policy and sexual and reproductive health rights.