Executive Director, Universal Access Project & Policy
“Our vision is a world where all individuals are in the driver’s seat of their bodies and their futures. Women have been on the frontlines bringing these issues to the global stage for decades. It’s time for the world to finally deliver. #2030Now”
Seema Jalan is the Executive Director of the Universal Access Project and Policy at the United Nations Foundation, a multi-stakeholder initiative of philanthropists, advocates and companies striving for a world where all people can realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Seema has 20 years of experience advancing gender equality and human rights globally through U.S. foreign policy; and serves as Co-Chair of the Board of the Funders for Reproductive Equity and as a Leadership Liaison to the nonprofit funders’ group Rachel’s Network. She served as a public member of the first U.S. delegation of the Biden Administration to the 65th Commission on the Status of Women. Seema previously led Women Thrive Worldwide’s global policy portfolio, where she was instrumental in contributing to the adoption of the first-ever USG strategy to address violence against girls and women globally, announced by President Obama in 2012; and USAID’s comprehensive gender policy. Seema has worked with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction in Ethiopia, Women for Afghan Women and the United Nations. She supported U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney’s efforts to address the wage gap and gender inequity in the workplace. As an expert on sexual and reproductive health and rights, Seema is frequently quoted in top-tier media outlets including Slate, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, and Vice. She also routinely provides commentary on these topics in her Medium series and as a contributor to The Huffington Post, CNN, Forbes and The Hill. Seema received her Master’s Degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and a B.A. in Mathematics from New York University.