April 7, 2015
CONTACT: Paige Johnson, 919-618-3899
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Jenny Black Returns to Raleigh to Lead One of the Region’s Largest Planned Parenthood Affiliates
Seasoned leader and Raleigh native to join Planned Parenthood South Atlantic as CEO in time of unprecedented challenge and opportunity
RALEIGH, NC- Raleigh native and long-time Planned Parenthood leader, Jenny Black, will take the helm of one of the non-profit’s largest affiliates in the region, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT), as President and CEO this week.
Jenny joins the newly formed organization, with headquarters in Raleigh, following the merger of Planned Parenthood Health Systems and Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, two strong affiliates founded more than 30 years ago that came together officially through merger earlier this year after decades working in partnership. The new affiliate operates 15 health centers in four states providing high-quality, affordable health care across North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and the Blue Ridge of Virginia.
“As Planned Parenthood South Atlantic’s first CEO, I am honored and humbled by the prospect of building on the legacy of two strong affiliates and CEOs, who paved the way for us to come together as one to provide health care, education, and advocacy across our region,” Jenny Black said of her new role. “While we face unprecedented challenges in a rapidly changing healthcare environment and political landscape hostile to women’s health, we also have an unprecedented opportunity to work together to meet these challenges head on with more combined capacity and expertise than ever before.”
Jenny is a seasoned Planned Parenthood leader who started her career with Planned Parenthood of New Mexico in 1999 as Vice President of Operations and Patient Services. In this role she gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the daily challenges and rewards involved in delivering healthcare to thousands of patients annually who rely on Planned Parenthood to provide high quality, nonjudgmental care.
Jenny was promoted to CEO of Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and later returned to the east coast in her most recent role leading Planned Parenthood of Maryland. She joins Planned Parenthood South Atlantic with more than 15 years of leadership experience and a deeply held commitment to Planned Parenthood’s mission.
“I believe strongly in Planned Parenthood’s role as a trusted provider of healthcare and education as well as our role as an advocate, particularly for the patients we serve,” Jenny said.
“We have a responsibility to make sure that the women, men and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia continue to have access to high quality, compassionate care. Together with our dedicated staff, supporters, community partners, and volunteers this is what we will do, no matter what."
Jenny Black’s first day with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is April 7.
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s leading nonprofit sexual health provider, educator and advocate. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) provides high quality, nonjudgmental care and education, including annual exams, lifesaving cancer screenings—like Pap tests and clinical breast exams—STD detection, treatment and prevention, and abortion care in health centers located throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic is committed to providing care, no matter what.