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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) announced this week that it has named Adrienne Mansanares as the new president and CEO of the organization.  She takes over from Vicki Cowart, who is retiring as president and CEO after 18 years with PPRM.

Mansanares has a long and deep connection to the organization based on her time as the chief experience officer for the last five years, as a former board member, and as a patient.

The board of PPRM notes that she “brings a wealth of experience and a passionate commitment to ensuring that our region remains a safe haven for reproductive health care for people of all backgrounds and means, and her leadership will be critical as we near the anniversary of Roe v Wade — which is in jeopardy of being overturned this year.”

The search process included the engagement of a nationally renowned executive search agency which helped PPRM engage with board members, staff, and community partners to develop a comprehensive and customized leadership profile. Several PPRM board members volunteered their time on the search committee in what they described as a robust and extremely thorough process for the new CEO. In partnership with the search firm, the board conducted an in-depth evaluation process tied to the competencies identified by PPRM’s stakeholders.

The leadership profile made it clear this role would need to be filled by a strategic, visionary, empowering, and collaborative leader, someone who, in their words “is a champion for justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as a relationship- and community-builder with a passion for the mission. We cannot think of anyone better than [Mansanares] to fill that lofty description.”

Mansanares will assume her new role on January 17. The board of directors noted that it officially thanks out-going CEO Cowart for ensuring the organization is in a position of strength and for the plan to work closely with Mansanares over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition.