Ellen Starbird

USAID | Director, Office of Population and Reproductive Health

Ellen Starbird is the Director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. She provides high-level leadership to the Agency’s family planning/reproductive health agenda and portfolio, valued at approximately $600 million USD annually, and directs the Office's $100 million program. Ellen has over 25 years of experience designing, managing, monitoring, and evaluating international family planning and reproductive health programming. She is widely known as a strategic thinker who is committed to advancing access to family planning for women, men, couples, and adolescents around the world.

Ellen joined USAID in 1989 and has spent her career in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, starting in the Policy, Evaluation, and Communication Division, where she was Chief from 1995 to 2006. She served as Deputy Director of the Office for the next six years, and has been Director since 2013. She has an M.A. in Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.