Kia Guarino (she/her) joined Pro-Choice Washington in October 2020 because of her dedication to the advancement of reproductive freedom. She is energized by grassroots advocacy movements and – in particular – by the power and capacity of Pro-Choice Washington’s membership to drive change in Washington. Kia believes that reproductive freedom is central to wellbeing for all people, and is grateful to be able to fight for access to quality healthcare every day.
Kia joins Pro-Choice Washington from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as Program Officer for Family Planning Advocacy since 2017. Kia brings a background of global health and international development, economics, policy, and advocacy, having previously worked with Albright Stonebridge Group, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Amnesty International. Kia also served as Program Manager for Africa with Operation Smile, based in the region and working across ten countries. In this role, Kia organized and implemented large-scale programs, as well as managed existing and launched new country offices in close partnership with local governments and key stakeholders. Kia earned a MsPH in Global Health, International Health Systems from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a MA in International Development and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She also earned her BA in Communication Studies and International Studies from Boston College.