Kirsten Thompson, MPH

Communications Director, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health
Program Director, UCSF/KPNC BIRCWH Program

Ms. Thompson directs the Bixby Center core team with the aim of expanding the impact of our members' work. To support our members, the Bixby core team enhances our internal and external communications, increases our collaborations, and mentors and develops our members. She coordinates fundraising and grant writing for Bixby core and collaborative projects involving multiple members. She is Program Director of the UCSF/KPNC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH). She continues to collaboratively design, implement, and manage research projects, focusing on the policy impact of the research.

​Ms. Thompson joined the UCSF Bixby Center in 2008 as a research coordinator for a large national trial with 40 Planned Parenthood sites. For five years, she worked closely with Bedsider to author and curate content, including the Provider Perspectives, Get on Top, and Shoptalk series. Before joining the Bixby Center, she founded an organization to promote the development of new contraceptives for men and analyzed satellite data for the World Resources Institute.


Areas of interest:

  • Organizational development
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Translating research into health policies and outcomes



  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Masters in Public Health
  • Bryn Mawr College, Bachelor's in Biology