Dafina Ward, JD – Director of External Relations

Dafina Ward leads efforts to develop and promote products that connect, engage, and promote Provide’s work with diverse programmatic audiences.


Dafina Ward leads organizational efforts to develop and promote products that connect, engage, and promote Provide’s work with diverse programmatic audiences, and to secure financial support. In this role, she develops strategies to engage stakeholders positioned to help scale our efforts to improve access to abortion, as well as leading core work in communications, brand development and alignment, and donor relations. Dafina’s work in health access began as a law student serving clients through the Homeless Advocacy Project of Philadelphia (PA) and during a clerkship with the Southern Poverty Law Center. Following several years as a practicing attorney, Dafina left legal practice to pursue work in healthcare access through her work with AIDS Alabama as the agency’s Chief Prevention Officer. In that role, she developed and managed educational programs, built strategic partnerships, and obtained $1.2 million in new funding for community-based HIV programs. She has developed and led programs serving groups facing the greatest health disparities, including women of color and the LGBTQ community. She has also led trainings and served as a consultant on issues of inclusion, cultural competency and organizational development. Dafina has facilitated regional convenings on intersectional barriers to access, including the Women and Trauma Workgroup with the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Division. Dafina received her Juris Doctor from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law (Philadelphia, PA).

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