Twanna A. Hines, M.S.

Twanna A. Hines is an award­-winning American sexual and reproductive health educator and advocate. She has lived in New York City, London, Chicago, 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), and Paris Première (French Television). She has written for 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 independently led educational programs to improve adolescent sexual health outcomes and reduce negative youth health outcomes reaching thousands of youth in two high-risk communities, which garnered Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Affiliate Excellence Award in the Special Efforts in Serving Teens category. She also managed professional education and training programs for executives while working for The University of Chicago.

In addition, with a passion for media and technology, she has 10+ years experience working for a cross section of government, non-governmental (NGO), nonprofit, and private sector firms. In that capacity, she effectively leads end-to-end integrated marketing communications strategy and campaigns to help organizations maximize social impact, mobilize constituents, and generate funds to ensure mission sustainability.

A passionate member of the global community, she is Dutch-English bilingual and her previous work experience includes a stint with the foreign service at The American Embassy in The Hague and working at the current affairs publication Newsweek magazine. Twanna actively promotes progressive causes including global health, maternal and child health, the eradication of HIV/AIDS, and adult & lifelong learning. She has also published a book chapter on immigration.

Raised evangelical Christian in rural Illinois and Mississippi, she received abstinence-only sex education. In 2005, strongly believing adults needed a space to discuss sexual health openly without fearing judgment, she built FUNKY BROWN CHICK®. Called one of “the internet’s sultriest sharers” by the Village Voice, details about her rendezvous have been printed in Glamour magazine.