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Martha Walz Appointed CEO at Planned Parenthood of Mass.

Martha Walz
February 7, 2013 — Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, a Boston-based nonprofit that aims to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health, announced that it has selected State Rep. Martha M. Walz (D-Boston) to lead the organization as its next president and CEO, taking over from Dianne Luby, who stepped down at the end of 2012 after 13 years in the job.

In addition to her new job at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM), Walz will also serve as president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, the civic and political sister organization of PPLM, which operates separately as a 501(c)(4) organization.

Board Chair Nonnie S. Burnes has been serving as interim CEO since Luby left and will continue until Walz takes over in early March.

Burnes said, “We are delighted that Marty Walz, a dedicated and accomplished advocate for women’s health, will become PPLM’s next leader. She brings with her a wealth of political experience, legal expertise, and a demonstrated commitment to protecting the health of women, their families, and youth.”

Added board member Roberta Herman, “Marty’s commitment to Planned Parenthood and its mission was immediately evident when we began engaging her in the search process. Her roles as a legislator, lawyer, and human resources executive have prepared her well to take on the role of PPLM’s chief executive officer."

Walz has represented the Eighth Suffolk District in the State House since 2005 and most recently served as the assistant vice chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. She was the lead sponsor of the 2007 law that created a buffer zone of 35 feet around abortion clinics.

She also championed family planning funding, teen pregnancy prevention programs, comprehensive and age-appropriate health education, and education reform.

Walz, whose last day in the legislature is Feb. 15, said, “I am honored to be selected as Planned Parenthood’s next CEO. PPLM provides care in over 48,000 patient visits per year at seven health centers, and its education programs reach more than 40,000 students, parents, and professionals. I am excited to build on those successes and lead the organization into a new era of health care delivery.

“While I will miss serving in the House of Representatives, I could not pass up this opportunity. The debates heard during the passage of the Affordable Care Act and throughout last year’s elections make it clear that we must never take for granted a woman’s right to make personal medical decisions. I look forward to protecting that right and ensuring that all women have the health care they need and deserve.”

According to the organization’s most recent federal tax filing, for the year ending June 30, 2011, PPLM had an operating budget $20.5 million and paid its CEO $251,789. State legislators in 2012 received an annual salary of $61,133.

Last month Walz filed legislation, on behalf of Attorney General Martha Coakley, that would prohibit public charities from paying independent officers, directors, or trustees for their service without approval from the attorney general. See related article.

In addition to her legislative experience, Walz has served in several key volunteer leadership posts, including on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, the Women’s Lunch Place and the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, Inc.

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