Myra Batchelder is a nonprofit leader with over 18 years of experience. For a decade, she led programs and projects at state, national, and international nonprofits with a focus on policy and advocacy efforts around sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice and economic justice. In 2012, she launched her own consulting company. Myra Batchelder Consulting, LLC works with nonprofits, B corps, foundations, and other entities on the global, national, state, and local levels. The work focuses on advocacy, policy analysis, program development, strategy, and grantmaking on a wide range of social justice issues, including gender equity, economic justice, and sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. Some of her clients include: Women Deliver, Center for Reproductive Rights, Reproductive Health Technologies Project, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ipas, New Venture Fund, What Works for Women and Girls, Leadership Matters Consulting, Political Research Associates, and Ibis Reproductive Health.
Previously, Myra helped oversee the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, based at Family Care International. For over three and a half years, she directed two national programs at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York to expand reproductive health care access for low-income women and improve sex education policies. She also served as Policy Analyst for the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos, a national public policy organization, and as Community Advocacy Manager at the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). She was also awarded a one-year competitive research fellowship at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington DC, working on the intersections of reproductive health, child welfare, and welfare reform.
Myra has served on numerous boards and committees, including: New York Abortion Access Fund Board and Chair, National Network of Abortion Funds Board of Directors, Raising Women’s Voices National Advisory Board, Medicaid Matters NY Steering Committee, Sex Education Alliance of New York City Steering Committee, New York City LARC Access Task Force, and New York City Comptroller's Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy. She also served as a Fellow Advisor for Global Health Corps, Advisory Panel member for a global health challenge competition organized by UNFPA and OpenIDEO, and as a volunteer at a school and poverty reduction program in Peru.
Myra is actively involved in social justice movements, with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. She is passionate about breaking down silos, building community, and connecting global and domestic spheres. She co-founded and leads the Reproductive Health Happy Hour, movement-building and networking events that began in New York City and are now held in over 35 cities worldwide. From 2013-14, Myra was awarded a CoreAlign Generative Fellowship where she worked to build bridges between the domestic and international sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. She is also active on social media and was selected as one of “35 Leading Tweeters on Family Planning and Reproductive Health” in a Huffington Post article.
Myra is active in her community. In 2018, she was elected as a County Committee member for the Kings County Democratic Party to represent Election 71, Assembly District 57. She also founded and leads a monthly support group for Brooklyn-based consultants and entrepreneurs.
Myra holds a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and spent her junior year of college at Oxford University. Myra grew up in rural Michigan, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.