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Ann M. McMikel Named Chief Development Officer for The Black Women’s Health Imperative

ATLANTA – (February 21, 2019) – The Black Women’s Health Imperative recently announced the appointment of Ann M. McMikel as the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of SIS Circles.

Mrs. McMikel is a global leader with extensive experience in nonprofit management, strategic planning, advocacy, communications, volunteer engagement, and fundraising. As the Vice President of Global Partnerships and Planning at the American Cancer Society, she helped to establish and implement a global program that focused on women’s cancer, pain control, tobacco control, and civil society capacity building in low-and middle-income countries. She has successfully managed high-level global relationships with multilateral organizations to make cancer and other noncommunicable diseases a global health and development priority, including partnerships with the World Health Organization, UN agencies, the corporate sector and a broad range of civil society organizations in the developing world, including Africa, Latin America and India.

Prior to joining BWHI, Ann served as the founding executive director of Step Up in Atlanta, GA where she was responsible for implementing Step Up’s mission to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential. During her tenure, Step Up served over 150 teen girls and secured financial support from donors and partners throughout the philanthropic, educational and professional communities within Atlanta.

“Black women make unique and powerful leadership contributions to their families, communities, and to our nation, and it is critical that we invest in evidence-based solutions that will remove barriers to improved health and wellness for black women,” said McMikel. “I am thrilled to join BWHI in mobilizing partners and resources that will advance bold goals and policies to significantly increase the number of healthy black women in the US.”

Ann is a proud first-generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and a Masters degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, IL. Ann lives in Atlanta with her husband and two teenage sons.

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Monica G. Coleman – (470) 955-2130