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.

James' hire marks the end of a lengthy search for a new director
James oversaw five health centers in Montana, serving 15,000 patients across 146,000 square miles

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.