Dr. Holcombe began work in the reproductive health field with Population and Community Development Association in Bangkok, Thailand, where she designed proposals and evaluated programs related to the developing HIV/AIDS epidemic. Between 1987 and 1991, she was based in Kisumu, Kenya and in Gaborone, Botswana managing rural teacher exchange programs, as well as in Douala, Cameroun on the social marketing of contraception with Population Services International in 1994. After gaining her M.P.H. from the Yale School of Public Health in 1994, she served as a health policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, focusing on issues of access to health for low-income populations through the Medicaid program. During that period, she also contributed to the development of health care quality measures (HEDIS 3.0) with the National Committee for Quality Assurance. From 1997-2002, she designed and led grant making programs for reproductive health advocacy and services in Mexico, Ethiopia and Sudan and for reproductive rights in the United States as a Program Officer for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Population Program. She then went on to direct the Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship in Abortion and Reproductive Health from its inception. She also has worked as a program officer with the Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation, supporting the foundation’s grant portfolio in the area of family planning and reproductive health services in Latin America. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation explored three facets of Ethiopia’s 2005 reform of its Penal Code with respect to abortion: the factors underlying this reform, the role of obstetrician-gynecologists in advancing reform of law on abortion and the attitudes of midwives toward providing abortion care services. Her research interests include the roles of medical professionals in advocating for policy reform, the politics and implementation of task-shifting to midwives and other mid-level providers, strategies for strengthening quality of care during scale-up of reproductive health services, and the use of mixed qualitative and quantitative methods in reproductive health research.