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PPAO Announces New Leadership

PPAO Announces New Leadership

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO) announces that Executive Director Emily McLain will step down from her leadership role effective Friday to serve as Chief of Staff to newly elected Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. She has led the organization since 2018.

Political Director An Do will serve as Interim Executive Director until a permanent successor is hired later this year.

“Emily has provided bold leadership at a time of unprecedented attacks on reproductive freedom. Oregonians can rest easier knowing that their health and rights are more secure,” says PPAO Board Chair Beverly Pearman. “We are thrilled that An Do will lead the organization in the interim as we begin a new chapter toward full control of our bodies, our rights, our democracy and our futures.”

Do previously directed communications for No Cuts to Care, the campaign that defeated the anti-abortion Ballot Measure 106. She has volunteered as a Planned Parenthood clinic escort, as a PPAO Legislative Fellow, as a PPAO Policy Fellow and as a member of the Multnomah County Leadership & Advocacy Team. In 2018, she received PPAO’s highest honor for volunteer excellence.

In addition to having extensive private-sector experience in business development, recruiting and operations, Do has worked in direct services as a social worker. She holds a master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English from University of California at Berkeley.

McLain previously served as PPAO’s Government Relations Consultant from 2014 to 2016. During that tenure, PPAO passed landmark legislation to expand access to birth control and to protect patient privacy, while laying the groundwork for 2017’s Reproductive Health Equity Act, the nation’s most progressive reproductive health law.

As Executive Director, McLain responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by leading an effort to have abortion, family planning and gender-affirming care deemed as essential services; she grew PPAO’s largest annual fundraiser, the Courageous Voice Breakfast; she played a key role in the passage of 2018’s Ballot Measure 101 and 2020’s Ballot Measure 108 to protect the Oregon Health Plan, which countless Planned Parenthood patients rely on; and she served on the Executive Committee for the forward-thinking, inclusive coalition that defeated 2018’s Ballot Measure 106 by uplifting the communities that would have been most impacted by the abortion ban, including leaders of color and people who have experienced abortion.

McLain has seen PPAO through extensive organizational development and planning with a focus on intersectional, social justice and equity-driven values. There is broad and enthusiastic agreement that the organization is being left better than she found it. McLain is credited with building the influence of Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon and fostering stronger coalition partnerships along with An Do. They have been a powerful team.

“It has been an honor to serve in this role,” McLain says. “The volunteers, supporters and the staff have made a permanent impression on me as we have worked together to do so much. I’ll always be a champion for Planned Parenthood and reproductive justice. I will miss this work, but I am thrilled to get to live my values of leadership development and empowering new leaders and voices by stepping aside and tackling a new adventure. An Do impressed me from the moment I met her, and I could not be more excited to see her take this job on. Her leadership and her voice are needed, and I’m her biggest fan.”

Posted on January 8, 2021 in News.
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