Christina Cherel is a Sr. Technical Advisor at Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she leads communications for SRHR research, programs, and advocacy in the Global South. She has served on the Secretariat for the International Conference on Family Planning since 2018, and is the communications lead for the Demographic Dividend Initiative at BSPH. Christina also serves in a leadership capacity at Bloomberg as an elected member of the inaugural Staff Assembly representing the Population, Family, and Reproductive Health Department.
Having worked in the advocacy space for more than a decade, Christina uses her creativity and strategic instincts to develop values-based advocacy communications, campaign design, and communications strategy. Christina is a multi-faceted issue expert with skills in digital marketing, content creation, influencer engagement, and social media strategy, and is driven to develop strategic partnerships to address pressing social issues in innovative and creative ways.
Before joining Gates Institute, Christina was a Policy and Programs Manager at the National Women’s Health Network. As an issue expert for both SRHR and drug & device safety and efficacy, she supported the Network’s legislative, regulatory, and judicial policy advocacy efforts. Christina has also worked alongside local community leaders in rural Kenya researching maternal and child health programs; with Peer Health Exchange as a sexual health peer educator in Boston high schools; and interned at Crusaid, a London-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping poor and marginalized people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Christina is a proud graduate of Boston University, receiving both her MPH in maternal and child health and BA with honors in international relations; and is trained in design thinking and leadership & management from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.