Elizabeth Dawes Gay, MPH is the founder of Sisu Consulting, where she works with organizations and individuals to advance social, racial, and reproductive justice for women of color across the world. Elizabeth is a strategist, advocate, communicator, and convener who turns research into social impact. She is passionate about solving social problems that specifically affect women of color. Her life’s mission is to create a world where women of color have what they need to achieve their ideal health and well-being. In particular, Elizabeth believes public policy should support healthy outcomes for women of color globally.
Elizabeth serves as Steering Committee Chair of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a new initiative seeking to advance maternal health, rights, and justice for Black people in the United States. Elizabeth is a recognized thought leader on women of color, reproductive and maternal health, and social justice who has been published in The Nation, Rewire, The Root, EBONY.com, Women’s eNews, TIME Motto, and Huffington Post. She has been quoted in The Nation, Bustle, Broadly and Quartz among others, and is a sought-after speaker. Her work raises the visibility of and promotes action to address health and social justice issues affecting women of color that don’t get the attention they deserve.
Elizabeth was previously a senior policy analyst at Population Reference Bureau where she worked to bridge the research-to-policy gap by building the capacity of researchers, journalists, and advocates to communicate evidence to policymakers; identifying and creating opportunities for researchers to communicate with policymakers; and creating evidence-based advocacy products. Prior to PRB, Elizabeth was a senior associate at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project where she worked to expand access to contraception through policy advocacy.
In 2018, Elizabeth was awarded the Orange Rose Award from Every Mother Counts for her writing and advocacy on maternal health. In 2014, she was selected as a participant for the prestigious Progressive Women’s Voices media training through the Women’s Media Center. In recognition of her innovative spirit and commitment to progress, Elizabeth was awarded a CoreAlign Generative Fellowship, where she created a leadership development program for Black women, and a Center for American Progress Leadership Institute Fellowship in 2013.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.