Lucille C. Atkin, PhD

(Oaxaca and Austin)

After graduating from Oberlin College in 1967, Lucy left the US to reside in Mexico, with which she had fallen in love when a volunteer with American Friends Service Committee in 1965. She began her professional career as chief of the Psychology Department at the National Institute of Perinatology in Mexico City where she directed both psychosocial research projects and clinical services for 14 years. She ran a research-action program at the Population Council in Mexico City on the adverse consequences of unsafe induced abortion. Starting in 1992 she managed the sexuality and reproductive health program of the Ford Foundation Office for Mexico and Central America, where she oversaw the funding of programs focusing on promotion of gender equity and sexual and reproductive health and rights. In 2000, Lucy returned to the US to became Director of the Margaret Sanger Center International, where she managed regional sexual and reproductive health programs in Southern Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

She currently lives half the year in San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico and the other half in Austin, Texas, engaging in consulting work on projects that work towards gender equity, sexual empowerment, and rights and sustainable development. Her passion for folk art led her to become involved with FOFA as an advisor.

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