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Laurel Swerdlow, Interim Executive Director

laurel.swerdlow (at) PPAOregon.org
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, Laurel joined Planned Parenthood as a Medical Assistant and Center Based Advocate in San Diego. She went on to complete a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and has collaborated with women’s and LGBTQ health coalitions in California, New York, Washington, Oregon and the District of Columbia to institute and implement progressive reproductive health policy. In her spare time, you can find Laurel on the dance floor, hiking the Pacific Northwest trails or re-re-watching The West Wing.

Jimmy Radosta, Communications and Marketing Director

jimmy.radosta (at) PPAOregon.org
Jimmy comes to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon after 20-plus years in the media, dating back to his high school newspaper in Salem and his college newspaper at Pepperdine University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. He has written and edited for Salem’s Statesman Journal, The Portland Mercury, Portland Family, The Skanner and Just Out, and his work has earned a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In his spare time, he’s a pop-culture junkie and part-time performance artist.

Nichi Masters Linder, Field Director

nichi.linder (at) PPAOregon.org
Nichi first joined Planned Parenthood as a volunteer in 2003. After graduating from University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, she worked as a Clinic Assistant for Planned Parenthood in Springfield. Nichi loved Planned Parenthood so much, she came back as a Field Organizer in 2010 and is now happily continuing her career as Field Director. Nichi is living the dream by working in a job that fulfills her passion for progressive politics. In her spare time, Nichi loves to hang out with her delightful family, cook delicious vegetarian meals and pretend she’s an outdoor enthusiast.

Lindsey Sadlou, Field Organizer

lindsey.sadlou (at) PPAOregon.org
Lindsey began her work with PPAO as a 2017 Legislative Fellow, and is thrilled to develop her passion for community building and reproductive justice on the field team. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bennington College, where she studied Political Economics and Environmental Studies. Her previous experience as an activist and organizer focused on environmental advocacy, from marching in the 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City, to community art-builds in New Orleans. In her free time, Lindsey bikes around Portland, liberally adds books to her bedside reading stack and enjoys any opportunity to explore the outdoors.

Chelsea Jennings, Field Organizer

chelsea.jennings (at) PPAOregon.org
Chelsea began her work with Planned Parenthood as a sexual health educator for the Chat/Text program after graduating from University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Communications. She’d later go on to work as a Health Care Assistant and a Marketing Assistant for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, where her strong passion for patient advocacy began to take form, propelling her to volunteer as a PPAO Legislative Fellow and as a Lane County Leadership & Advocacy Team member. In her spare time Chelsea loves taking her two dogs, Liz Lemon and Charlie Kelly, out on long walks. She’s also an avid antique and oddity collector.

 
Latest News
May212018
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Welcomes New Executive Director

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO) announced today that Emily McLain will serve as its new Executive Director. She will make her first appearance at the 2018 Courageous Voice Breakfast on May 30th in Portland, and will officially join the staff on June 13th.

McLain previously served as PPAO’s Government Relations Consultant from 2014 to 2016. During her tenure, PPAO passed landmark legislation to expand access to birth control and to protect patient privacy.

“We are thrilled that Emily ...

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May182018
Trump-Pence Administration Expected to Introduce Rule That Gags Providers

Following reports that the Trump-Pence administration intends to introduce a gag rule today that would undermine the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood issued the following statement.

This gag rule would do three things:

  1. It would impose new rules that are designed to make it impossible for patients to get birth control or preventive care from reproductive healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood.
  2. Under this rule doctors, nurses, hospitals and community health centers across ...
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Latest Campaigns
Sep112017
Share Your Story!

Personal stories are critical when advocating to maintain or even expand access to the vital health services that Planned Parenthood provides. By sharing your story, you can play a significant role in the work we do.

There are many levels of comfort when sharing a personal story. Please share what you are willing, and indicate your permission levels where applicable. Please note: Your story — including your name if you provide it — may appear in public advocacy projects such as Planned Parenthood websites, brochures or other printed material. Even if you do not provide your name, keep in mind that some ...

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