June 15, 2023 — The Population Council’s Board of Trustees announced today that it has appointed Patricia C. Vaughan, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and James Sailer, Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Biomedical Research as Interim Co-Presidents, effective August 1st. 

“We are delighted that Pat and Jim have agreed to lead the Council while the Board conducts a search for a permanent president,” said Darcy Bradbury, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The board, staff, and partners of the Population Council have seen Pat and Jim’s dedication, innovative thinking, and leadership in our field of global health and development for two decades.” 

Pat Vaughan’s responsibilities for legal and regulatory affairs at the Council engage her in all aspects of the research and operations of the organization. She leads the legal and regulatory work involved in the development and licensing of the Council’s pharmaceutical drugs, and for establishing the Council’s subsidiary and affiliated organizations worldwide. Her additional responsibilities include oversight of the Council’s global enterprise risk management program, and the Council’s Institutional Review Board which ensures the ethical conduct of research. Prior to joining the Council, Pat was in private law practice in New York City. 

Jim Sailer has served as Executive Director of the Center for Biomedical Research since 2016. Previously, he was the Vice President and Director of the Council’s Corporate Affairs Division, where he led several supporting service units, as well as business development, communications, and publications. Prior to joining the Council, Jim was a New York City Department of Education executive and strategy consultant. 

“I am honored to serve as Interim Co-President with Jim. We are excited to work with one another and with the Council staff, donors, and partners to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world,” said Pat Vaughan. 

 “This is an exciting time for the Population Council and for our field of global development,” said Jim Sailer. “The Council is committed to providing evidence and solutions to improve the lives of underserved populations, and I am delighted to work with Pat to lead the Council during this critical juncture.”


About the Population Council 

The Population Council confronts critical health and development issues—from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world. Established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, the Council is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization governed by an international board of trustees. Learn more at www.popcouncil.org.