Cate Lane has worked with adolescents and young people for over 30 years in the US, Ghana, Jamaica, and multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Beginning as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, she quickly became a resource for young people in her community who had multiple questions about sexuality, pregnancy prevention and HIV. After obtaining her Master’s in Public Health, Cate returned to work with adolescent clients seeking services at her local Planned Parenthood and parlayed her domestic and international experiences to help launch Advocates for Youth’s Africa portfolio, which supported one of the first implementation research studies on peer education in West Africa.
Since then, Cate has worked with a number of high profile sexual and reproductive health organizations including the Futures Group International (now Palladium), Pathfinder International and FP2030. She also worked with USAID as a senior advisor in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health and was a major contributor to the development of USAID’s first “Youth in Development Policy” and the design of an innovative project, YouthPower, which encouraged cross-sectoral investment and the application of Positive Youth Development approaches. At FP2030, she provided technical guidance to countries making family planning commitments to ensure adolescents were included and evidence-informed approaches were adopted, and has advocated for donors, government, and civil society to work in equitable partnership with young people to solve the persistent challenges of early pregnancy and HIV infection among young people.
Cate’s colleagues acknowledge her as a creative, innovative, and strategic thinker, a collaborative team player and a respectful colleague. She is eager to continue to identify and test new approaches that both improve adolescent health and can be taken to scale, and to do so in close partnership with young people.