Bio

 

Twanna A. Hines, M.S.

Twanna A. Hines is an award­-winning American sexual and reproductive health educator. She has lived in New York City, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and The Hague. Recognized for her technical expertise in sex education, technology, and interpersonal relationships, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television), and in documentary films. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post. Known as FUNKY BROWN CHICK®, she has been featured in news outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times.

Twanna has spent 15+ years improving our world by working directly for nonpartisan government, non-governmental (NGO), nonprofit, and private sector firms promoting social good. For nonprofits, she is committed to maximizing social impact, mobilizing constituents, and generating the funds necessary to ensure mission sustainability. At Planned Parenthood, she led educational programs to improve adolescent sexual health outcomes and reduce negative health outcomes reaching thousands of youth and caregivers in high-risk communities. Her efforts garnered Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Affiliate Excellence Award in the Special Efforts in Serving Teens category. For The University of Chicago, she managed professional education and training programs for executives to promote lifelong media literacy and learning.

In the private sector, she led communications initiatives for Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s international development business unit, whose mission was to reduce global hunger and transform lives. She also supported public affairs efforts at Newsweek magazine.

Twanna began her career working for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in The Hague. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in sociology. She speaks English and Dutch fluently. Her favorite cat — the great Catsby Sophia Oglethorpe — meows in English.