Kirsten Sherk is Director, Global Communications, at the International Center for Research on Women, an organization building the evidence base for programs and policies to advance gender equality and end poverty. She oversees ICRW’s strategic communications efforts, helping to raise awareness about ICRW’s key research areas. Kirsten joined ICRW after a decade as senior advisor for media strategies at Ipas, an international reproductive health organization based in Chapel Hill, NC. Her work centered around developing media strategies to elevate public awareness of abortion as a crucial public health and human rights issue. While at Ipas she co-produced with filmmaker Lisa Russell the documentary short, Not Yet Rain.
Prior to joining Ipas, Kirsten spent five years with the international advocacy initiative of Planned Parenthood® Federation of America. As Senior Communications Specialist, she developed communications and media strategies to promote global reproductive health and rights, working with both the national office and as a consultant to Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country.
Kirsten honed her skills at the Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC), where she promoted public and policymaker awareness of global population issues through the media. Her work at the Communications Consortium grew out of communications and media positions at the Population Reference Bureau and CEDPA, The Centre for Development and Population Activities.
Kirsten received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, and earned her masters degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, Population and Family Health Division.