Serra Sippel is the president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and leads the organization's advocacy agenda to advance gender equality by promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights globally.
A widely recognized expert in advocacy and sexual and reproductive health and rights, Serra is a commissioner for the International AIDS Society-Lancet Commission on the future of global health and HIV response and was a member of the official U.S. delegation to the UN High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS. Serra has contributed to peer-reviewed journals including Global Public Health and has been sought out by media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Advocate, and The Guardian.
Prior to joining CHANGE, she was the international program director at Catholics for Choice, advancing the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls across the globe and at the United Nations during the 5-, 10- and 15-year reviews of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo 1994) and Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). Serra began her career in advocacy for women's rights through her work at a homeless shelter for women with children in Texas, and on behalf of women incarcerated in the state of Indiana. For more than two decades she has collaborated with women's rights activists around the world to secure and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
Serra holds a master's degree in religion from the Earlham School of Religion, with an emphasis on peace and justice. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She serves on the board of directors of CityDance, a local nonprofit that uses dance as a pathway for youth living in high-poverty neighborhoods to discover their potential and pursue their dreams. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two dogs.