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Amanda Dennis, DrPH, MBE, Executive Director. Amanda Dennis joined SFP in 2016. Previously, she worked as an Evaluation Officer at the Colorado Health Foundation, where she oversaw a portfolio of research and evaluation projects and assessed progress at meeting strategic goals. Before that, she was an Associate with Ibis Reproductive Health, where her research focused on investigating issues related to abortion, contraception, pregnancy, and miscarriage care for low-income populations and people with chronic health conditions. Her research has been published in Contraception, Health Services Research Journal, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Women’s Health Issues, among other journals. She has also served on the board of the Abortion Care Network, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program. Amanda holds a DrPH in Public Health from Boston University, a Master’s in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from Hampshire College. Contact Amanda at, 866.584.6758, ext. 305.

Jenny O'Donnell, ScD, Director of Grantmaking and Evaluation. Jenny O’Donnell joined SFP in 2018, stepping forward to drive the SFP Research Fund’s work to support the development of an impactful knowledge base and to institutionalize ongoing learning. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director at Provide, Inc, stewarding organizational development and ensuring strategic and effective programming in support of the organization’s mission as a member of Provide’s executive leadership for over a decade. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Master of Science degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2017, she completed a Doctorate of Science, also at the Chan School, in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families Center of Excellence trainee, her dissertation research focused on qualitatively and quantitatively exploring the intersection of place and individual attributes on access to reproductive health services in rural communities in Central Appalachia. Her research has been published in Social Science and Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women’s Health Issues, and the Journal of Maternal and Child Health. In addition to her scholarship, Jenny was a Fellow in the 2012-2013 cohort of the National Council for Research on Women-Amex Fellowship, a program dedicated to developing women leaders in the nonprofit sector, and is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. Contact Jenny at, 866.584.6758, ext. 406.

Marlo Polonsky, MPH.Marlo Polonsky, MPH, Grants Officer. Marlo Polonsky has been a Grants Officer at SFP since 2008. Prior to joining SFP, she served as Senior Research Associate for the Women's Health Education Program of the Drexel University School of Medicine from 2000 to 2002, as Information Analyst for Information Ventures from 2002 to 2006, and as Director of Community Education for the Cardiovascular Institute of Philadelphia from 2006 to 2008. Marlo has a BA in anthropology and education from Temple University and a Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University. Contact Marlo for questions regarding grants:, 866.584.6758, ext. 302.

Ruth Manski, MPHRuth Manski, MPH, Evaluation Manager. Ruth Manski joined SFP in 2017. Prior to joining SFP, Ruth worked at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice where her work focused on increasing shared decision-making in reproductive health care. Previously, she worked at Ibis Reproductive Health, supporting a portfolio of research focused on increasing the quality and accessibility of contraception, abortion, and HIV care. Ruth received a Fulbright to Sri Lanka in 2009 to study Sri Lankan women’s kitchen culture and cooking practices. She holds an MPH from Emory University and a BA in Sociology from Grinnell College. Contact Ruth for inquiries about evaluations:, 866.584.6758, ext 403.

Hannah Lange, MPHHannah Lange, MPH, CCRP, Clinical Affairs Manager. Hannah Lange joined SFP in 2018. Previously, she worked in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As the Clinical Research Team Lead, she supported projects focused on reproductive health and contraception for adolescents and young adults. She also promoted career development for clinicians and medical trainees interested in launching new research programs and clinical services. Hannah received an MPH in Epidemiology, a BS in Anthropology, and a BA in French Literature from Ohio State University. Her graduate research focused on health disparities related to gender and sexual orientation. She is also a certified clinical research professional. Contact Hannah for questions related to SFP Clinical Guidelines and all other Clinical Affairs:, ext 404.

Rhea Beddoe, BA. Rhea Beddoe, BA, Events and Membership Manager. She has a lifelong passion for social justice and women’s issues. Prior to joining the team, Rhea served as the Director of Special Events & Operations at Take The Lead where she oversaw their daily operations and the production of their in person and online programming. In addition to her background in women’s leadership, Rhea has consulted in the political and nonprofit sectors with experience coordinating various events from fundraising galas to conferences. Rhea currently serves on the board of New York Abortion Access Fund. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from Marymount Manhattan College. Contact Rhea for all questions related to SFP’s annual meeting or other events:, ext 405.

Christine Hence, MS.Christine Hence, MS, Program Coordinator. Christine Hence has been a Program Coordinator at SFP since mid-2016. Prior to that, she worked as an advocate for social justice in various organizations in Philadelphia—first as Curriculum and Research Manager for Medical Students for Choice, then as a Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania and, most recently, as Early Warning System Program Manager for the Philadelphia Education Fund. Christine received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Cabrini College and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Contact Christine for membership-related questions:, 866.584.6758, ext. 402.

Solange Azor, BA. Solange Azor, BA, Administrative Assistant. Solange joined SFP in 2018 after graduating with a BA degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Harvard University. Her coursework at school centered on reproductive justice and feminist theory, culminating in a senior thesis about stigma and activism in abortion politics. She previously worked for the abortion-rights performing group the Lady Parts Justice League. Contact Solange at, ext 406.

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