New York, NY— Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced today that it has named Eric Ferrero its Vice President for Communications. He will join PPFA in mid-January.
Ferrero brings over 15 years of experience in communications leadership and senior management at some of the nation’s leading progressive advocacy organizations, with an expertise on complex social and political issues.
“Eric Ferrero is a well-regarded and highly skilled communications professional. We are thrilled that someone of Eric’s caliber and wide-ranging experience will be part of our team as we work to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and quality health care in the United States,” said PPFA President Cecile Richards.
Ferrero joins a unique organization. Planned Parenthood is both a trusted health care provider and a leading advocate for women’s health. One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life for professional, nonjudgmental, and confidential care. Planned Parenthood is also one of the largest women’s health advocacy groups, with more than six million activists, supporters, and donors. In addition, Planned Parenthood works with officials at the federal, state, and local level to shape pro-women’s health policies.
“Eric brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Planned Parenthood, and he will be instrumental in shaping our communications and messaging, in pursuit of our goal of promoting and protecting women’s health, and expanding access to affordable health care for all,” said Dawn Laguens, PPFA Executive Vice President for Policy, Advocacy, and Communications.
Ferrero is currently the Deputy Director of the Open Society Institute’s U.S. Programs, where he oversees the foundation’s domestic work, including its focus on building an inclusive society and encouraging civic participation.
Previously, Ferrero was the Communications Director at the Innocence Project, the national organization that uses DNA testing to free innocent prisoners and pursues criminal justice reform nationwide. There, he led a team that managed the wide range of communications responsibilities for the high profile non-profit.
In addition, Ferrero has held senior communications positions at several national progressive organizations, including Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Ferrero is also an accomplished writer. He is the lead author of Too High a Price: The Case Against Restricting Gay Parenting, and has been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other outlets.
Ferrero currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Reproductive Health Access Project. He is a native of California.
January 11, 2012
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January 11, 2012