Program Director

Cathryn Streifel is a program director at PRB. She brings to her work a deep commitment to gender equality and a passion for expanding access to family planning and reproductive health. Her expertise includes family planning and reproductive health policy, program, and advocacy initiatives in West and Central Africa. She is skilled in research, writing, training, and partnership building. Streifel is currently a member of the technical leadership team for the USAID-funded Promoting Results and Outcomes through Policy and Economic Levers (PROPEL Health) project. She directed PRB’s Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy to Expand Access to Safe Abortion (SAFE ENGAGE) project, a four-year initiative to expand safe abortion access across eight African countries, and she oversaw a thoughtful closeout of the project through a “power-shift” lens that prioritized sustainable handover of all leadership aspects to in-country advocates.

Prior to joining PRB, Streifel served as associate director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Health Policy Center, where she was a key contributor to policy analyses targeting the U.S. administration and Congress in the areas of family planning and reproductive health. She also worked as a business development associate at Palladium. She holds a master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University. She is fluent in French.