Michelle Hawks, MSPH, is a Bixby Packard Fellow and as such holds a joint appointment as an Associate Specialist at the UC Berkeley Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability and as a Research Analyst, assigned to the Sub-Saharan Africa region, for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) Program. This unique placement allows for affiliation with a renowned academic institution and immersion into the world of philanthropy and grant making. Her area of interests include: reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, STIs and communication strategies. Michelle is a 2004 Gates Millennium Scholar. As an undergraduate University of Southern California (USC) in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention program, she interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and spent a summer in Tanzania working as an HIV educator. She also volunteered as a Planned Parenthood sex education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and as an HIV counselor at the USC student health center. Michelle is a Fulbright scholar whose fellowship field work (in Nicaragua) focused on exploring the determinants of cervical cancer mortality among Nicaraguan women. Upon returning to the US, she earned a Master of Science in Public Health degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. In 2010, she was awarded a Hispanic-Serving Health Profession Schools (HSHPS) Fellowship at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta where she ran a retrospective administrative claim data analysis of the Medstat MarketScan.