Ruth Simmons is President of Partners in Expanding Health Quality and Access (a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit) and Professor Emerita in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, with a PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Simmons has more than three decades of experience in research and writing in the areas of institution-building, international health systems, family planning and related reproductive health policy and program development, quality of care and user perspectives. She worked with the World Health Organization and country programs in the development and implementation of the Strategic Approach to Strengthening Reproductive Health Policies and Programmes from 1991-2008. An expert in organization development and health services action research, Dr. Simmons has worked extensively in South and East Asia, Africa and Latin America. Her work includes convening ExpandNet as a learning network of senior global health professionals, policymakers, and scholars engaged in efforts to take health service innovations to scale. She is currently assisting projects in Africa and South Asia with the application of systematic approaches to scale up in urban reproductive health initiatives.