Male Contraceptive Initiative's staff, board, and advisors represent a holistic group of stakeholders in the male contraception field.
Male Contraceptive Initiative has a dedicated staff with varied backgrounds and expertise. The diversity of our experiences and perspectives helps ensure that we have a holistic understanding of the challenges related to male contraceptive research and development, as well as the ability to identify opportunities for achieving our vision of “Reproductive Autonomy for All”.
Heather Vahdat, MPH
Heather is the Executive Director of Male Contraceptive Initiative. With over a decade of experience in contraceptive development, she brings a nuanced viewpoint on how contraception has shaped global public health outcomes and how a male contraceptive could do the same. At MCI she develops innovative programs to impact male contraceptive research, development, and advocacy.
Read "A Conversation with MCI's Heather Vahdat"
Logan Nickels, PhD
Logan is the Research Director at Male Contraceptive Initiative. With backgrounds in research science, broadcast radio, and education, he brings a broad-reaching strategy to MCI’s granting operations and research investments. His priority is keeping MCI’s funding portfolio diverse and moving towards market.
Read "A Conversation with MCI's Logan Nickels"
Kevin is Male Contraceptive Initiative’s Communications & Design Director, leading the organization’s advocacy and outreach efforts. His background in marketing, communications, and human-centered design translates to an empathic approach to storytelling, and a keen ability to make information personable and approachable.
Read "A Conversation with MCI's Kevin Shane"
Kathryn Carpenter, MPH
Kathryn is a past MCI Fellow and current Advocacy Strategist. She is a graduate of UNC’s Health Behavior MPH program, and is a former educator. She is interested primarily in health communication and message framing, motivation and social norms, human-centered design, health literacy, advocacy, and self-empowerment. Kathryn is the founder of the Youth Advisory Board.
Read "A Conversation with MCI's Kathryn Carpenter"
Sabey Boswell, MPH
Sabey is a past MCI Fellow, and the current Communications & Project Manager. Sabey is a recent graduate of UNC’s Maternal, Child, and Family Health MPH program. She has a background in health communications, and is interested in removing the taboo surrounding contraception through messaging about how male contraception is beneficial for all people.
Read: "A Conversation with MCI's Sabey Boswell"
Research Advisory Committee
John Amory, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Section Head of General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
Lisa Campo-Englestein, PhD
Professor of Bioethics, University of Texas Medical Branch
Principal, Executive Director, DesireLine
Brian Nguyen, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, USC Keck School of Medicine
Lisa Rarick, MD
Kevin Whaley, PhD
Founder, Mapp Biopharmaceutical
MCI's Youth Advisory Board
MCI's Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of young people (16-28) providing their perspectives to our work and advocating for male contraception. It is a group of passionate young leaders involved in advising MCI’s staff on advocacy and research efforts, and peer educators and advocates for male contraception. Get to know the YAB today!
Interested in joining the team?
It's going to take a collaborative effort to get the next generation of male contraceptives to market. To accomplish this, we rely on a dedicated group of board members, advisors, and volunteers to support our efforts. We encourage you to reach out to us to start a conversation about how you can be part of this incredible movement!
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