Who We Are

Joanna Lauen

Program Director, Reproductive Health and Justice

First Year with IHF


Focus Areas

Reproductive and Maternal Health & Justice, Policy Advocacy, Grassroots Organizing and Cross-Movement Building, Program and Systems Integration


M.P.P. in Child and Family Policy, University of Chicago
B.A. in English, University of Rochester

Joanna Lauen (she/her/hers) is the Program Director, Reproductive Health and Justice, at the Irving Harris Foundation where she leads its grantmaking and field leadership in reproductive health, rights and justice by identifying opportunities to advance the Foundation’s broad interest in achieving more equitable outcomes for children and families. She spearheaded the Foundation’s shift to a justice framework in its reproductive health and rights portfolio, redirecting the bulk of its investments in this area toward organizations and initiatives led by and for communities most affected by reproductive oppression. Prior to her position at the Foundation, Joanna was a Policy Analyst for the San Francisco Department of Human Services where she worked on a range of issues including child welfare, housing and homelessness and early education.