Catherine Kirk is Executive Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Pathfinder. She has over 20 years of experience in international health and women’s rights programming, with a specialization in sexual and reproductive health. She has overseen work in more than 40 countries in Africa and Asia, providing leadership in areas such as organizational design, innovative service delivery, health systems strengthening and social behavior change communications.
Catherine joins Pathfinder from Marie Stopes International (MSI), where she held a number of senior leadership roles during her 12 years. Among her key achievements, Catherine established and led MSI’s Global Programs Division, and is recognized for designing and leading the DFID (now FDCO) flagship Safe Abortion Care Consortium, Prevention of Maternal Death Program, covering 20 countries in Africa and Asia over seven years. Catherine started her work with MSI as Technical and Operation Director, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, where she led the team through an expansion that amounted to quality contraception and post-abortion care being available across the country. Additionally, Catherine has lived and worked in India, Kenya, and Tanzania. She also worked for the National Social Marketing Association, UK and Population Services International. She has a Master’s in Public Health, and a Honors Degree in Philosophy and Theology.