Twanna A. Hines, M.S.

Twanna A. Hines is an award­-winning educator and media personality. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television) and in documentary films. She has written for The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company and The Huffington Post. Her work also appears in the books Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, Migration and Immigration: A Global View, and On Purpose: Rhetorical Analysis of Non-Fiction. She primarily writes about sexual and reproductive health. She has been interviewed by outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times. Her sex column for Metro international newspapers was printed in three major markets — New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia — and she was selected to participate in one of The Guardian’s competitive program for writers.

Throughout her career, Twanna has worked directly for organizations promoting social good and on a freelance basis under the auspices of FUNKY BROWN CHICK®. She is currently the director of AndACTION, a project sparking social change by connecting nonprofits to important issues reflected in film and television. She is also on the board of Woodhull Freedom Foundation, an organization promoting sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. In the private sector, she led Fortune 500 company Land O’Lakes information and communications technology efforts to reduce global hunger by integrating food security messaging into television and community radio programs in Africa. During her time with the organization, she had the opportunity to travel to Africa to see programs in person in Malawi.

Prior to that, in New York City, Twanna worked for Newsweek magazine and BBC Worldwide supporting research and media outreach initiatives. At Planned Parenthood, she led edutainment programs to reduce teen pregnancy. Her programs won Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Affiliate Excellence Award in the Special Efforts in Serving Teens category.

Earlier, she managed The University of Chicago’s professional education and training programs taking students to film festivals and theater programs around the globe, using the arts to promote lifelong learning. In that capacity, she partnered with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and also managed a portfolio of film instructors that included critics Roger Ebert, Michael Wilmington, and Jonathan Rosenbaum.

Twanna began her career working for the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in The Hague, supporting compliance with international entertainment law to protect U.S. entertainment companies. She has a B.S. in sociology, cum laude, from Illinois State University, and she was inducted into the university’s Steve and Sandi Adams Legacy Hall of Fame. Her M.S. degree is from Florida State University, and she also attended New York University.

Raised in the cornfields of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Twanna penned her first op-ed at age 17. Written for her hometown newspaper, The Daily Pantagraph, it was a letter to the editor about why sports are good for girls.

Having lived in New York City, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, The Hague, and Washington, D.C., she is fluent in Dutch and English. Her favorite cat — the great Catsby Sophia Oglethorpe — meows in English.