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Preterm Announces Upcoming Retirement of Chrisse France

The board of directors of Preterm announced today that after 21 years, Executive Director Chrisse France will retire in the spring of 2021. Ms. France is the 2nd Executive Director in the organization’s 47-year history of providing patient-centered abortion and sexual health care. She has guided Preterm through decades of growth, change, and challenges and positioned Preterm as a national leader in abortion care and advocacy.

Preterm Board President Jessie Hill describes France’s leadership as both steadfast and visionary. “Under Chrisse’s leadership, Preterm has provided the highest-quality abortion care to tens of thousands of patients, expanded reproductive health services to serve even more of the community, and become a leader in the work to combat abortion stigma. Over the last decade, I have admired the tenacity with which Chrisse has pushed back against continual attacks from hostile political leaders in Ohio. Despite the onslaught of anti-abortion legislation thrown at us, Preterm has never once closed our doors to the patients who rely on our care -- a true testament to Chrisse’s leadership.”

In reflecting on her 21-year tenure, Ms. France said, “I have spent the last year focusing on creating a strong foundation for Preterm’s future that focuses on the needs of our patients and our dedicated staff. We have a skilled and trusted leadership team, a committed board of directors, and the best staff that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I love my work at Preterm and I’m proud of the reputation that Preterm has earned locally and nationally. It’s time for a new generation of leaders to emerge and chart the course for the future of Preterm and the movement for reproductive health, rights, and justice.”

The board has partnered with Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group (NPAG), the executive search firm that connected Preterm with Deputy Director Vanessa Arenas, MPH early last year. “We’re confident that NPAG will help us identify excellent candidates and find a successor who can build on Chrisse’s legacy and advance our mission and values of empathy, autonomy, respect, feminism and intersectionality, excellence with integrity, and intentional stewardship,” Hill said.

Click here to visit the NPAG website to learn more about the application and hiring process.

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