“I believe that every person should enjoy the rights and benefits of health, information, bodily autonomy, and self-determination that I’ve been so privileged to have in my life.”

Justine Desmarais is the Senior Director of Partnerships and Operations for the Universal Access Project and has over 20 years of experience in domestic and global public health and human rights.

Justine loves working with passionate people who are committed to making the world a better place. At the UN Foundation, she shepherds financial and technical support to advocates for global sexual and reproductive health and rights who are fighting to ensure that every girl and woman can exercise her right to plan her family and her future. Before joining UAP in 2011, Justine served as the Women’s and Perinatal Health Program Director at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in Washington, DC, where she led a federally supported training and advocacy program for state MCH and family health directors.

Justine served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural El Salvador following that nation’s decade-long civil war, and more recently, helped found Women of Peace Corps Legacy, a small 501c3 that promotes lifelong public service for women’s and girls’ empowerment. She holds a B.A. in sociology and women’s studies from Smith College and earned her MPH in global health from Yale University. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.