Outlines priorities for health, education, and advocacy programs
Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Published: 03.04.13| Updated: 03.04.13
BOSTON— Martha (Marty) Walz, formerly the state representative of the 8th Suffolk District, officially assumed her new role as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) this Monday and announced her priorities for the organization. Walz will also serve as President of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF), PPLM’s 501(c)(4) sister organization.
“PPLM is the leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate in Massachusetts and I look forward to building on our history of delivering high-quality, accessible, affordable care to our patients; developing a new generation of health care providers; investing in education and prevention programs throughout Massachusetts; and leveraging the political strength of PPLM and PPAF,” said Walz. “While I will miss serving in the House of Representatives, I am honored to be leading such an impressive organization that does so much to improve the lives of women, men, and young people in Massachusetts.”
Walz’s priorities for Planned Parenthood include:
“We are pleased that Marty Walz, a dedicated and accomplished advocate for women’s health, is now at the helm of PPLM,” said Nonnie S. Burnes, Board Chair. “I know the Board of Directors and the staff are delighted to be working with Marty to build on the successes of the innovative education programs and excellent health care services that Planned Parenthood offers across the state.”
For the past eight years, Walz represented the 8th Suffolk District in the State House and most recently served as the Assistant Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Among her many legislative achievements, she was the lead sponsor of the 2007 law that created a 35-foot buffer zone to protect the privacy, dignity, and safety of staff and patients who trust Planned Parenthood for its compassionate, high quality care. During her time in the legislature, Walz also championed family planning funding, teen pregnancy prevention programs, comprehensive and age-appropriate health education, and education reform. She is also the author of the state’s anti-bullying law.
In addition to Walz’s lengthy history of advocating on behalf of sexual and reproductive health issues in the public arena, she has extensive experience in the private and non-profit sectors and has also served in several key volunteer leadership posts, including on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, the Women’s Lunch Place, and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, Inc.
Walz steps into the role after it was vacated in December by Dianne Luby, who served as PPLM’s President and CEO for the last thirteen years.
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is the largest freestanding reproductive health care provider in the state. For over 80 years PPLM has protected and promoted sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice through clinical services, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.pplm.org.