Elizabeth Dawes Gay, MPH is an expert in reproductive and maternal health for women of color. She is a strategist, advocate, communicator, and convener who turns research into social impact. She is passionate about solving social problems that specifically affect women of color. Her life’s mission is to create a world where women of color have what they need to achieve their ideal health and well-being. In particular, Elizabeth believes public policy should support healthy outcomes for women of color globally.
Elizabeth serves as Steering Committee Chair of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a new initiative seeking to advance maternal health, rights, and justice for Black people in the United States. Elizabeth is a recognized thought leader on women of color and social justice who has been published in Rewire, The Root, EBONY.com, Women’s eNews, TIME Motto, and Huffington Post. She has been quoted in Bustle and The Nation, among others, and is a sought-after speaker. Her work raises the visibility of and promotes action to address health and social justice issues affecting women of color that don’t get the attention they deserve.
Elizabeth works with clients to:
- Turn data and research into actionable strategy and impact;
- Create evidence-based communications products for advocacy;
- Generate bold and practical policy solutions;
- Design and implement stakeholder meetings, workshops, convenings; and
- Curate global travel learning experiences for advocates and stakeholders.
Elizabeth was previously a senior policy analyst at Population Reference Bureau where she worked to bridge the research-to-policy gap by building the capacity of researchers, journalists, and advocates to communicate evidence to policymakers; identifying and creating opportunities for researchers to communicate with policymakers; and creating policy briefs, factsheets, infographics, and other information dissemination products. Prior to PRB, Elizabeth was a senior associate at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project where she worked to expand access to contraception through policy advocacy.
In recognition of her innovative spirit and commitment to progress, Elizabeth was awarded a CoreAlign Generative Fellowship and a Center for American Progress Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2013. In 2014, she was selected as a participant for the prestigious Progressive Women’s Voices media training through the Women’s Media Center. Elizabeth is a recognized expert on reproductive and maternal health and has been quoted in Bustle and The Nation, among others, and is regularly invited to speak at universities, meetings, and conferences.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.