Pauline Muchina comes from the Rift Valley Province in Kenya, where her family still resides. She came to the U.S. to study and earned a Ph.D. in 2000. She is currently an independent consultant and a fellow with Center for Health and Social Policy. Her independent consultancy includes motivational public speaking, advocacy on human rights, gender and women’s empowerment training, partnership facilitation and small business training.
Previously, she served as the Senior Partnership Advisor for UNAIDS for seven and a half years. Pauline serves in several boards and advisory groups including, Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Global Room for Women. Also, she is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.
Pauline co-founded African Women & Youth Initiative, a handmade creative design company that crafts authentic hand-made African products for the global market. Based in Nakuru, and near the Lake with flamingoes, the company is managed by poor women who have decided to break the cycle of poverty and are committed to using their own talents to do so. The profit goes back to supporting families with school fees, food and health services: http://www.africanbeadsinitiative.com.
The company works with immigrant women in the USA to empower them to work together in creating business and educational opportunities and providing support for each other.
Additionally, Pauline is the manager of Future African Leaders Project, designed to support promising African youth who face serious challenges in getting an education and maintaining their health. The project provides school fees, books and other supplies and where needed housing and a food allowance. In addition, participants receive leadership development training and assistance which enables them to participate in youth lead activities in Kenya. Several are living with HIV and the project provides access to ARVS, good nutrition and safe housing.
Pauline also is a co-founder of the Africans in the Diaspora, whose mission is to create space for serious conversations, and engage in activities that will change black communities in the USA, in Africa and across the globe.
In 2011, Pauline received the United Methodist Church Global Leadership Award. On March 8, 2014, the Huffington Post honored Pauline as one of 50 women powerful international religious leaders. She holds a masters degree from Yale University Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the Union Theological Seminary.