Pam Sutherland, Vice President of Public Policy
Pam started her career with Planned Parenthood in 1980 as a public affairs specialist for the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council (IPPC), the statewide lobbying office for Planned Parenthood, becoming its President/CEO in 1986.
Pam has been instrumental in passing several reproductive health laws, including contraceptive coverage in private insurance plans. Under her leadership, Illinois became the first state to pass compassionate care for rape victims legislation. She was also responsible for garnering the first ever family planning funding in the state budget. She was successful in working with Governor Blagojevich to mandate that pharmacies fill all birth control prescriptions without delay, lecture, or hassle. She also successfully stopped state funding for abstinence only educations programs.
From 1997 until 2009, Pam has been chair of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Federal PAC Committee, which is responsible for making endorsements of all federal candidates, including President of the United States, U.S. Senators and U. S. Representatives. She remains a member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Federal PAC Committee.
She accepted her current position as Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Illinois in June 2008. All of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Illinois merged into one statewide organization in June 2008.