SEATTLE – Today, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) announced the selection of Jennifer Allen as the new CEO leading the four-state advocacy and political arm of the organization. Her experience covers public health policy, lobbying, political strategy and campaigns, health finance, and business operations. She will concurrently serve as chief policy officer for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI), the nonprofit health service and education provider for the region. Allen will assume the role in June 2018.
“We are thrilled to bring Jen’s experience, skills, and passion back to the northwest region,” said Christine Charbonneau, CEO of PPGNHI. “As an expert in advancing sexual and reproductive health policy in widely varied states and political environments, Jen has a deep understanding of the intersections between reproductive health and rights and the justice issues that affect our communities. She looks for the nexus between policy and politics and the path to ensure we are able to provide inclusive comprehensive health care for all.”
Allen returns to PPVNH after nearly 14 years with the organization where she served in several positions, including more than ten years as director of public policy. In her most recent role as CEO at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia and the Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC, Allen led a substantial electoral effort that contributed to Virginia’s 2017 historic victories in the state house and to electing reproductive health advocate Dr. Ralph Northam as governor.
“I have loved the opportunity to move Planned Parenthood’s mission forward in Virginia, and now I get to come back to my roots,” said Allen. “I’m delighted to be adding the knowledge I’ve gained in Virginia to my prior experience at PPVNH, and I’ll be leveraging that long and varied work on reproductive and sexual health with the exemplary staff of PPVNH to serve the richly diverse communities of our four states.”
“Jen has played a significant role in helping shape what PPVNH is today,” said Susan Wurtzburg, PPVNH Board Chair. “We are delighted to have her back and know she will hit the ground running to lift up the team as a whole, advance policies that encourage and protect reproductive health care, while also leading the way in a challenging political climate, which has been an integral part of the organization’s success.”
Planned Parenthood affiliates across Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho and Washington serve more than 100,000 patients each year with critical reproductive and sexual health care – such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment and wellness exams. More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas, meaning that without this care, many patients would have nowhere else to turn.
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