February 18th, 2013 10:22 am | by ANDREA DAMEWOOD News | Posted In: Politics, Metro, Activism, Health

Planned Parenthood Names a New CEO

stacy james

After a lengthy search Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette finally found a new CEO and President, the nonprofit announced today.

The board tapped Stacy James, the CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of Montana.

James, who will start June 1, edged out former state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland), who lost a City Council race this November against incumbent City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. 

James, 53, served as director of Montana's Planned Parenthood for 11 years.

"Stacy is a proven leader who is committed to expanding access to affordable health care and education, and advocating on behalf of women's health," Cara Jacobsen, Chair of PPCW's Board of Directors, says in the announcement. "We are thrilled to bring such a dynamic, experienced health care executive to the organization—especially someone who already has such deep roots in Planned Parenthood."

James' hire marks the end of a lengthy search for a new director for the pro-choice organization. In November, the board had narrowed the choices to two, including Judy Peppler, former CEO of the telecommunications company Qwest Oregon. The board halted that process after reports in WW that Peppler had backed conservative, anti-choice candidates in 2008 and 2010—news that raised the ire of some progressive Planned Parenthood backers.

Former CEO David Greenberg left his $196,000 a year job after contentious contract negotiations with the Service Employees International Union.

According to Planned Parenthood, James oversaw five health centers in Montana, serving 15,000 patients across 146,000 square miles. The nonprofit says she directed significant growth during her time at PPMT, creating mobile health centers to reach areas across rural Montana and expanding health care service offerings to include transgender care. She has also participated in a number of regional and national Planned Parenthood initiatives, including Planned Parenthood's recent nationwide rebranding.

Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, James served as the Executive Director for Big Bend Area Health Education Center in Tallahassee, Florida for six years, where she directed efforts for 14 counties and contributed to public policy development.

James takes the helm as PPCW embarks on several critical new initiatives, including preparations for implementing the Affordable Care Act and launching Electronic Health Records. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette serves more than 60,000 patients in Oregon and Southwest Washington each year.

James has a bachelor of science in Allied Health Services from the University of North Florida and an MBA from the University of Montana.

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