Mary Luke

Mary Luke

Luke is Vice President of the UN Women USA Board of Directors and President Emeritus, Senior Advisor to UN Women USA NY board. She is also Vice President of PowHerNY, a coalition promoting gender and racial justice in New York State; Co-chair of NYC4CEDAW Act; Advisor to Women of Color (WOC) in Fundraising and Philanthropy; member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and Asian Women Giving Circle. She is an active member of the NGO-CSW, which organizes civil society participation on women and gender issues at the UN, including the recent Generation Equality Forum with UN Women.

In her career spanning 35 years, Luke is a global leader in women’s reproductive healthcare and advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. In the 1980s, she was Executive Director for 9 years at Planned Parenthood San Francisco, Alameda. She began her career in international women’s health as Vice President at CEDPA, a women’s development organization. She was then based in Bangkok, Thailand as Regional Director for Asia, with Planned Parenthood Federation. She was Vice President for Programs at Ipas, in North Carolina, a position from which she retired in 2017.

Luke designed and managed women’s healthcare and development programs in 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. She also led delegations of women leaders to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt and the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) in Beijing, China in 1995.

Luke has a BS, MS in Nursing from Boston University and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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