Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) is proud to announce that Ashley Lenker White will become its new Executive Director on July 10.
“I am honored to join the talented and hard-working volunteers and staff of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates,” said White. “My passion and enthusiasm for reproductive rights and social equity runs deep, and I am excited to lead this organization in its work to expand and protect access to reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion, for people across Pennsylvania.”
Ashley joins PPPA after seven years at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) where she most recently served as Senior Director of Partnerships and Innovation. Through the years there, Ashley represented the public policy interests of the state’s 4,500 elected school directors. She played an integral part in the Association’s lobbying and PAC efforts, led a statewide education visioning project, served as staff liaison to forums and committees, served as executive director of the PA Public Education Foundation, and led efforts to increase partnerships and sponsorships with outside companies. She was a 2015 fellow in the nationally recognized Education Policy Fellowship Program with the Education Policy and Leadership Center.
“We are thrilled to have Ashley on board to lead Planned Parenthood PA Advocates. She brings an impressive depth and breadth of experience in leadership and public policy to our organization at a time when we must continue to advocate for reproductive rights and freedom for all,” said Morgan Plant, Chair, PPPA Board of Directors.
Prior to joining PSBA, Ashley worked at American University’s School of Education, Teaching and Health, managing the School’s budget and operations and supporting academic programming needs related to teacher preparation. With a strong commitment to language learning and building cultural competency, Ashley led the development of a Master’s degree program in Bilingual Education. Ashley also served as director of a foreign language program for children and has collaborated with a broad spectrum of legislators, staff, students, faculty, international teachers, and parents.
Ashley holds an M.P.A from American University’s School of Public Affairs, an M.A. from the University of Maryland in Spanish Second Language Acquisition and Application, and a B.A. from Dickinson College in Spanish.
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About Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates
In partnership with the three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania and on behalf of the nearly 90,000 patients they serve annually, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, along with its 450,000 supporters, works to achieve maximum public, governmental, and media support for reproductive health care by developing, implementing, and facilitating statewide strategies.