Bryan Howard – Chairman; President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc.
Bryan Howard joined Planned Parenthood in 1984, originally in the Chicago-based affiliate. For 12 years he worked in each area of the organization: communications/marketing, education, finance, fundraising, human resources, medical services and public policy. In 1997, Howard was appointed President of Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona, predecessor to today’s Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc.
Howard has served in numerous capacities in the national Planned Parenthood Federation of America, including as a member of the PPFA Board of Directors from 2006 through 2012. Additionally, Howard was a member of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project board, serving as Treasurer and Chair. Howard’s other interests have led him to volunteer with organizations focused on leadership development and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health and rights.
David N. Harwood – Chair Emeritus; Partner, Good Works Group
David Harwood is co-founder of Good Works Group, an independent public policy and communications consulting firm that serves non-profit organizations. Previously, he served as Vice President for Public Affairs at the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Fund from 1998-2001 and from 2006-2009. The charities were established to help administer businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner’s $1 billion gift to support UN causes.
Between January 1993 to February, 1997, Harwood served at the US State Department as senior advisor and Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs, who oversaw US foreign policy in four areas: human rights, democracy and labor; population and refugees; environment and science; narcotics and crime.
Prior to his State Department work, Harwood served as Legislative Assistant and principal speechwriter for US Senator Tim Wirth, where he drafted the first-ever comprehensive bill to combat global climate change, and worked on a wide range of global environmental issues.
Ellen B. Marshall – Secretary and Vice-Chair; Partner, Good Works Group
Ellen Marshall is a partner in Good Works Group, a Colorado-based public policy and communications consulting firm. Marshall has spent three decades working on U.S. foreign and domestic policy issues related to the health and rights of women and youth. Most recently, she developed and managed the public/private Colorado Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy from 2007 through 2016. She also serves as executive director of The Winslow Foundation, which primarily focuses on environmental issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Ellen has expertise in issues associated with domestic and international sexual and reproductive health and rights; HIV/AIDS; and U.S. government policy. For 18 years, Marshall worked overseeing US public policy initiatives undertaken on behalf of the International Women’s Health Coalition, and with the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA); managed a grassroots education and fundraising campaign and supported other policy work for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund; led legislative efforts to advance the development of HIV and pregnancy preventing microbicides; and developed a strategic plan for organizations working to create affordable structures that allow wildlife to cross roads and highways that otherwise fragment habitat.
Earlier professional experiences include: Program Officer for Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation, establishing an initial program framework for $30 million annual programming; overseeing the US Department of State Office of Population, coordinating U.S. foreign policy, including as part of the UN Conference on Population and Development and the Fourth World Conference on Women and other major negotiations; Legislative Assistant to US Senator Timothy E. Wirth with a focus on health, education, women’s rights and other issues; and Assistant Director of the National Audubon Society’s Population and Habitat Program.
Ellen has also been engaged in a range of election campaigns on behalf of progressive candidates and issues, including a major statewide education ballot initiative in Colorado.
Mimi Mager; Treasurer; CEO, Mager & Associates LLC
Mimi Mager founded Mager &Associates in 2009 and was a principal and officer at M&A’s predecessor firms for 15 years. M&A is a boutique public policy/government affairs firm specializing in legislative and regulatory strategy, alliance development, and providing strategic guidance to non-profit and corporate clients primarily in the health sphere.
Prior to entering the private sector, Mager served as Director of Congressional and Federal Affairs for D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. She led the grassroots mobilization efforts for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights on a series of landmark civil rights legislative victories and judicial nominations.
Mager served on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, as a Senate Confirmed Presidential Appointee. Mimi worked on numerous democratic presidential campaigns, congressional races, and as a Senate Legislative Assistant. Mager was Special Assistant/Deputy to the Director of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and for a good number of years served as the Executive Director of the Friends of VISTA, the organization primarily saving the VISTA program from extinction in the 1980’s.
She is a founding member of EMILY’S List and until recently sat on its Board of Directors, as well as on the Board of The Voter Participation Center. Mager graduated cum laude from American University’s School of Government and Public Administration.
Gebe Martinez – founder, GM Networking, LLC
Gebe Martinez is the founder of GM Networking, LLC, a strategic communications practice, and is a partner at Democracy Partners. Clients include organizations involved in Latino civic engagement and immigration reform, and actors involved in the social justice movement. Ms. Martinez is a member of the boards of Women’s Foreign Policy Group and Rewire, a nonprofit daily online publication.
As principal of GM Networking, LLC, a strategic communications firm, applies extensive professional background in news, political and policy fields to advance communications strategies for clients, particularly in the Latino civic engagement and social justice movements; works with local and national news media; organizes communications for press events; writes op-eds, policy statements and other products such as videos for various media platforms. Major clients have included actors Diane Guerrero and Jackie Cruz, Mi Familia Vota, National Immigration Law Center, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Voto Latino.