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Phoenix, AZ — Whitney Walker, J.D., has joined Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona as the Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing. Walker will lead efforts in community engagement, media, and communications, and oversee Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, the 501c4 social welfare organization and political arm of PPAZ. Walker has spent her career advocating for sustainable policy solutions on behalf of domestic and sexual violence survivors and their families. She has a proven record working with advocates to close systematic gaps to end cycles of violence and poverty and has served on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts Committee for the State of Arizona and worked directly with policymakers to create change.

Walker is passionate about elevating the voices of marginalized communities and building an equitable Arizona. She is an active board member for two non-profit organizations that aim to improve the lives of families in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Ebony House, Inc., and Booker T. Washington Child Development Center. Additionally, Walker is appointed to the Human Relations Commission for the City of Phoenix, where she advises the city council on human relations issues and helps implement the city's policy against discrimination.

Walker’s work ethic and dedication to building a thriving community have earned her leadership opportunities and recognition from Leading for Change, Emerge Arizona, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment Foundation (AWEE), Leadership Institute for Women, Celebration of Women 2018 Honoree, and Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals.

Walker is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Beta Omega chapter where she chairs the committee responsible for civic engagement and social action. Walker is an HBCU graduate and remains a steadfast leader in strengthening our community to build a better Arizona.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing, Whitney Walker, J.D released the following statement: 

“I am thrilled to join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona’s team and continue the much-needed work to protect and expand access to sexual and reproductive healthcare. It is truly an honor to work alongside my dedicated colleagues and with communities from across the state, to help all Arizonans gain fair and equal access to reproductive healthcare, sex education, and medical services that improve their quality of life. As we continue to amplify the lived experiences of Arizonans and advocate for policy change, we are empowering communities, one individual, at a time. There is nothing more rewarding than that!”