Margot Fahnestock is a philanthropy and policy expert in family planning and reproductive health. She’s currently Vice President, Strategic Development for nonprofit pharmaceutical organization Medicines360. Margot formerly served as a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, responsible for making grants to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa. She was a founding member and catalyst for the Ouagadougou Partnership, which has mobilized more than $200 million in additional funding for family planning in Francophone West Africa.
Prior to Hewlett Margot was a policy analyst and project manager at Futures Group, providing technical and managerial oversight for family planning, HIV/AIDS, and malaria policy programs. Margot served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer teaching English at a secondary school in Mali, West Africa. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and master’s in public policy from the University of Chicago.