Interim President & CEO hired to lead the organization into the future


Gina Popovic
Executive Vice President
1-866-904-7721 x8652

Published: 11.07.11| Updated: 11.07.11

EASTERN WASHINGTON AND NORTH IDAHO – Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) is pleased to announce the selection and hiring of a new Chief Executive Officer. Karl Eastlund has been serving PPGWNI as the Interim President & CEO since June 6, 2011. After a national search, it was clear Eastlund was the best candidate for the position. The search produced very high-quality candidates but none with the background, experience, familiarity, and ability to lead PPGWNI into the future.

"I’m very pleased to be able to serve the organization," said Karl Eastlund. "Planned Parenthood touches so many lives and is steeped with accomplishment and history. I look forward to the expansion of all our efforts with the help of extremely skilled and dedicated employees, and a solid and loyal supporter base."

A CEO Search Committee was formed to ensure due diligence through a comprehensive selection process. The Committee was made up of board and community members, representing the views of volunteers, donors, and other constituents. Eastlund will oversee a staff of 123 doctors, nurses, administrators, educators, and advocates who are passionate about empowering people to make responsible decisions and take charge of their lives. Eastlund will operate from Spokane, which has been selected as the new location for PPGWNI headquarters. In the coming months Eastlund will lead the organization’s strategic planning process which will guide the organization’s work for the next five years.

"Karl Eastlund brings the right skills at the right time for a focus on stabilization and preparation in advance of the Health Care Reform rollout in 2014," said Barrie Ryan, Board Chair. "The organization has been through a merger, state budget cuts, and national attacks. Karl is the right person to ensure the continuity of high performance while expanding services and education throughout our region."

PPGWNI is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 2010, the organization underwent a merger joining Planned Parenthood of Central Washington and Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest.

PPGWNI is the leading nonprofit, reproductive health care provider for women, men, and teens in Central and Eastern Washington state and North Idaho. The organization has a budget of $13.4 million. Together as PPGWNI, the organization now serves a 29-county area across Central and Eastern Washington state and North Idaho with more than 36,000 patients. PPGWNI’s mission is to provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health care services, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all.

To learn more about Eastlund and PPGWNI or to obtain a photo, please contact Gina Popovic at 1-866-904-7721 x8652.


PPGWNI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with health centers located in Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pasco, Pullman, Spokane (2 locations), Spokane Valley, Sunnyside, Walla Walla, and Yakima as well as an express health center in Wapato. PPGWNI exists to provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health care services, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all. Call 1-866-904-7721 or visit for more information.

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