Adrienne Allison

World Vision | Senior Technical Advisor, Family Planning & Reproductive Health

Adrienne Allison has been a passionate family planning advocate since living through flood and famine in Bangladesh, seeing frail, pregnant women who did not have the strength to care for the children they already had, preparing to give birth to a child they did not want. Currently, she is the Senior Technical Advisor on Family Planning and Reproductive Health for World Vision. She fostered the advocacy strategy that linked FP and Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies to WV’s mission to improve the well-being of children, and she has led capacity-building workshops on integrating FP with health programs for WV staff throughout the world. 

Earlier, she directed Jhpiego’s Maternal and Neonatal Health program and was an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As Vice President of the Center for Population and Development Activities, she directed the training, advocacy and resource development teams.  She also was the first director of USAID’s Technical Assistance in AIDS and Child Survival program that placed technical experts is USAID missions and in Washington. She led delegations of developing countries women leaders to the International Conference on Population and Development and to the Women’s Conference in Beijing.  USAID invited her to participate in assessing the capacity of non-government organizations in the Newly Independent States, (formerly USSR); participate in the South Asia Population Conference, and evaluate Child Survival programs in South Asia and Africa.

She initially joined USAID’s Office of Population where she designed the Development Law and Policy Program, and worked with the RAPID project.  Later, she developed the HIV/AIDS in Africa (HAPA) grants program for NGOs.  She holds an MPA from Harvard, and an MA in demography from Georgetown University.