Mandy Van Deven
Digital Communications Officer
Mandy Van Deven is responsible for developing and implementing IPPF/WHR's digital communications strategy using a data-informed approach. She manages all online communications and fundraising platforms—including websites, social media, email marketing, and digital advocacy—and also oversees the digital content creation.
With more than a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and global advocate, Mandy has led campaigns against street harassment, promoting girls' right to violence-free schools, and supporting transformative responses to gender-based violence. She is the co-author of Hey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets and editor of the “Polyphonic Feminisms: Acting in Concert” issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online. Her writing on contemporary feminisms, queer sexualities, global activisms, and reproductive health has been published in national and international publications, including The Guardian, Salon, GlobalPost, and Marie Claire. /p>
Mandy has Bachelor's degrees in Women's Studies and Sociology from Georgia State University and a Master of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has worked with numerous advocacy organizations in New York, Atlanta, and Kolkata, India—including Blank Noise Project, Girls for Gender Equity, and Sustainable Health Enterprises.
Where were you born?
I was raised in Athens, Georgia, USA.
What languages do you speak?
English, Bengali, Spanish
What's the most amazing thing you've seen while traveling?
I had the mind-blowing experience of petting fully grown tigers at Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, a Buddhist temple and wild animal sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.