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To Expand Planned Parenthood Coalition Relationships

New York—Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new vice president for external affairs, Ellen Golombek.  In this newly established position, Golombek will expand Planned Parenthood’s working relationships with external partners and organizational allies, and also work to provide overall managerial support in the office of the PPFA president and to the PPFA Board of Directors. 

“Ellen Golombek has been a champion of health care access for men, women, and families.  Her leadership on progressive issues in the labor movement will be invaluable to Planned Parenthood, and I am thrilled to have her guidance as we work to ensure women’s health and safety,” said PPFA President Cecile Richards. 

Golombek’s strong management background is reflected in the work she has undertaken for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  For the past four years, she has served as the assistant to the secretary-treasurer and director of government affairs for SEIU.  Before that, she directed the successful Americans for Health Care campaign for SEIU, which played a crucial role in making health care a central issue in the 2004 election.  During her time with SEIU, she was responsible for the oversight and management of a multimillion dollar budget, and she successfully reorganized four different departments for the union, creating efficiencies and streamlining processes and communications.

Prior to going to Washington, Ellen was elected as the first woman president of the Colorado AFL-CIO, where she led the political and legislative efforts for the Colorado labor movement.  Her election as president came after a successful career as a flight attendant and leader of the Association of Flight Attendants.  She will begin her new position at Planned Parenthood in August.


Planned Parenthood Federation of America


Andrea Hagelgans, 212-261-4652


May 13, 2014