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Amanda Dennis, DrPH, MBEAmanda 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, contraceptive, 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.

Marlo Polonsky, MPH.Marlo Polonsky, MPH, Grants Officer. In addition to her role as SFP’ Grants Officer, Marlo Polonsky helps manage much of the coordination for the North American Forum on Family Planning, which SFP co-sponsors each year with Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Prior to joining SFP in 2008, 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 grant requirements:, 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.

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.

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