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Ellen R. Frank

Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

On January 3rd, 2023, Ellen Frank was named interim President and CEO of PPLM after serving eight years as PPLM’s Chief Development Officer. She is also the interim president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. 

Since joining PPLM in 2014, Ellen has been a part of its executive leadership team, working with previous CEOs to grow the organization from a $20 million to a $32 million a year organization which grew PPLM’s ability to provide a full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services and launch several health equity initiatives. 

Ellen brings to this role a life-long passion for reproductive rights, social justice, and gender equality and more than 25 years of experience in development and major gifts work at non-profit organizations, including ‘GBH Boston and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. As a leader, Ellen prioritizes transparency, collaboration, and fostering a team culture where every person is empowered to bring their best and authentic selves to work. In her work with the PPLM Board of Directors, she has been deeply involved in the ongoing efforts to attract and retain a truly diverse board; one that is both reflective of the communities PPLM serves and has the depth of skills and expertise required for the state’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care. 


“After eight years as Chief Development Officer, I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve PPLM in this new way. I am acutely aware of the need to seize opportunities for organizational growth and react quickly to protect providers and expand access to care, especially during this volatile time for abortion rights. As interim CEO, I will maintain our organization’s focus and commitment to our strategic priorities, the values they’re rooted in, and the strategy for how to fund and carry out our mission to ensure every person in the state has access to sexual and reproductive health care and education no matter who they are, where they live, or who they love. My intention is to do the work necessary to keep our organization strong and on course, while empowering our extraordinary staff to continue to serve our patients and communities during this period of transition and beyond.”

- Ellen Frank, interim CEO


Ellen holds an M.Ed in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.B.A. from Binghamton University of the State University of New York. While Ellen will always be a New Yorker at heart, she and her husband live in Framingham where they raised their two grown sons, who are both proud graduates of the Framingham Public Schools.

PPLM is the state’s largest freestanding sexual and reproductive health care provider. Every year, PPLM provides a wide range of high-quality health care services to over 30,000 patients across Massachusetts, educates thousands of young people, parents, and professionals through PPLM’s nationally recognized sex education programs, and conducts clinical and social science research to advance public health nationwide.

A national search is currently underway for PPLM’s next President and Chief Executive Officer.