The professionals at SIECUS are recognized leaders in the field of sexuality education. They have years of experiences with non-profit management, development, education, training, advocacy, and, of course, sexuality. Together they have trained hundreds of thousands of educators, worked with thousands of policymakers, appeared in the leading print and broadcast media outlets, and led effort to advance sexual and reproductive health on six continents.
Message from the Board: SIECUS NYC Moving to DC
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Stephen T. Russell
Chair of the Board
Stephen Russell serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of SIECUS. Dr. Russell is Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies adolescent development, with an emphasis on adolescent sexuality, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, and parent-adolescent relationships. Much of his research is guided by a commitment to create social change to support healthy adolescent development. Dr. Russell was elected board member of the National Council on Family Relations (2005-2008) and full member of the International Academy of Sexuality Research, and is Past-President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.
President and CEO
Monica Rodriguez is the president and CEO of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). In this role, she works closely with SIECUS’s funders and Board and manages the vision and programmatic direction of the organization. Over the course of more than sixteen years at SIECUS, where she most recently served as vice president for education and training, Ms. Rodriguez has provided speeches, workshops, training, resource development, and technical assistance related to HIV prevention and sexuality education to education and health professionals, decision-makers, and parents both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining SIECUS, Ms. Rodriguez was a sexuality educator at the Center for Family Life Education, Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey. She received a Masters of Science degree in non-profit management from New School University in New York City and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Penn State University.
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Jason I. Osher
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Osher joined SIECUS in November 2000 and has primary responsibility for strategically planning and raising the funds needed to support SIECUS’ programs, as well as oversees all finance, budgeting, and human resource functions for the organization. He has over 18 years of experience in fundraising and grants management and has been dedicated to the field of sexuality education, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health for his entire career. Prior to joining SIECUS, Mr. Osher was the Associate Director of Foundations and Corporations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He also spent seven years working at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS organization. Mr. Osher attended Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and The Eugene Lang College of New School University. He is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a former board member of the Greater New York Chapter of AFP, a board member of the Treatment Action Group, and has volunteered for several New York nonprofits.
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Vice President for Policy