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Helena Choi

Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program

Helena Choi

Helena Choi serves as a program officer in the Population Program. Choi's focus is on grantmaking for research that explores the relationships among population dynamics, reproductive health, and economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa to provide evidence that meeting the reproductive health needs of women and girls will enhance their well-being and alleviate poverty.

Choi, an expert in health policy issues in the developing world, comes to the Foundation from the Open Society Institute in New York City, where for the past five years she served as a program officer with the Institute's Public Health Watch project.

She worked as a financial analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston for several years before entering the nonprofit world. In 2003, while at Princeton, Choi worked as an intern in the Office of Public Partnerships at the United Nations Children's Fund. There she researched the impact of participation in sports and other physical activity on early childhood development.

Choi earned a bachelor's degree in economics and English from Wellesley College and a master's degree in public affairs in international development from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Read "Foundations" – A Q&A with Helena Choi