Susan Hammer Receives Award for Transformative Leadership from Planned Parenthood


Liz Delapoer
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
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Published: 04.23.11| Updated: 04.23.11

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) honored Susan Hammer with its first ever Award for Transformative Leadership – an award that will be named in her honor for future recipients. The award recognized Susan’s many generous contributions to the organization and to the wider community. Her outstanding service in a variety of leadership roles for Planned Parenthood, including Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of PPCW’s Let’s Build Capital Campaign, was central to many of Planned Parenthood’s accomplishments in the last decade. Her ability to connect people to one another for the greater good, raise awareness for Planned Parenthood’s mission, and inspire others in a larger vision for a successful future is unparalleled. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is privileged to recognize Susan Hammer for these contributions, and to name this award in her honor.

Susan Hammer has served in a leadership role for PPCW since 1999. Hammer volunteered on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2005, and served as Chair from 2001 to 2003. Under her Board leadership, the PPCW annual luncheon event was inaugurated, the capital campaign for the Charla Richards-Kreitzberg health center in Salem was successfully completed, and the organization opened four new health centers and completed significant renovations at the remaining five facilities.

After her term of service on the Board of Directors, Hammer chaired and actively led PPCW’s Let’s Build Capital Campaign which resulted in the Elizabeth Flanagan Regional Service Center. This $12.5 million fundraising effort was realized during a recession thanks to her stalwart leadership and ability to inspire others to invest in our vision. Thanks to Susan Hammer, PPCW grew from serving less than 20,000 patients to serving more than 60,000 annually.

“Susan built a stronger community of support for Planned Parenthood that helped women in Oregon and Southwest Washington,” said David Greenberg, PPCW President and CEO. “She is constantly thinking about connecting one person to other people, one small thought into a bigger and more powerful idea, and building human systems that become vehicles for improving all our lives.”

When asked what she wants others to know about her service with Planned Parenthood, Hammer replied, “Everything I have done is a product of my relationship with PPCW staff, volunteers, board members and my connection with this community. I have not done anything alone. I am so grateful for the contributions of hard work, brilliant ideas and resources by so many people.”

Susan has a history of giving back to the community that goes beyond her work at Planned Parenthood. She has served on the Willamette University Board, led as President of the City Club of Portland, and is currently on the Ecotrust Board of Directors. Susan’s honors include being chosen for 50 Great Leaders for Oregon by Oregon Business PowerBook 2007, receiving the 2006 Multnomah Bar Association Professionalism Award, the James M. Burns Federal Practice Award, presented by the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2006, and many others. Hammer has been a leading mediator in the Pacific Northwest since 1998. Prior to this she was a partner with Stoel Rives LLP, where she practiced law for over 20 years. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators and serves on the IAM Board of Directors.


Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is the largest non-profit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, more than 60,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW’s ten health centers. PPCW provides a wide range of education programs and health care services, including low-cost contraceptives, emergency contraception, annual gynecological check-ups, breast exams, cervical cancer detection and treatment, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and pregnancy testing and options information. Less than five percent of PPCW’s services are for early abortion care. For more information, visit

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