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Proven Executive Takes the Lead as PPMI Prepares for Patient Influx Following SCOTUS Decision on Abortion Rights

LANSING, Mich. – Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) announced today that Paula Thornton Greear will lead the organization as President and CEO. Thornton Greear will take the helm as the organization prepares to serve a surge of patients following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is expected this summer.

“It is my honor to lead Planned Parenthood of Michigan and facilitate a smooth leadership transition at this critical juncture for Planned Parenthood and the patients and communities we serve,” Thornton Greear said. “We are facing unparalleled attacks on reproductive freedom and abortion access across the country. In this historic moment, I am proud to stand with the incredible team at PPMI who are working to both secure and expand access to abortion in Michigan. Together, with our supporters and donors, we will navigate these uncertain times and ensure that all Michiganders can make their own decisions about their bodies, lives, and futures.”

Thornton Greear is a proven executive leader with more than 26 years of experience across advocacy, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Most recently, Thornton Greear served as the Chief External Affairs and Reputation Management Officer at Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). During her tenure at PPIL, Thornton Greear led the restructuring of three teams into a united external affairs department. Under her visionary leadership, PPIL defeated legislative threats to reproductive health and rights and expanded PPIL’s patient base.

“I am thrilled to return to my roots in Michigan, where my reproductive health journey began and where I lived through high school and college. I look forward to continuing my life’s work of advocating for reproductive and sexual health, rights, and education here in the Mitten,” said Thornton Greear.


Planned Parenthood offers affordable reproductive health care for all people through medical services, education and advocacy and is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care advocate and provider. Planned Parenthood of Michigan operates health centers across the state, providing medical services and sexuality education for nearly 60,000 Michiganders each year.