Prior to this appointment, Ms. Carey-Grant was Executive Director of Common Counsel Foundation, a unique consortium of family foundations and individual donors committed to funding economic, environmental and social justice initiatives. She has served in leadership roles in several prominent women's health organizations. Among these were Planned Parenthood Federation of America as Western Regional Field Manager in the Public Policy Division where she was responsible for the management of PPFA public affairs objectives through the implementation of reproductive justice strategies at the local level. Cynthia served as Project Manager for Women's Health with The Permanente Medical Group where she worked to advance women's health within Kaiser Permanente. The Women's Health ?KP initiative received national recognition for leadership in improving health service to women in northern California. Ms. Carey-Grant was also the Executive Director and then Board Chair of the California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League where she distinguished herself through work in local, national and international reproductive health initiatives. She was also the founding Chair of Californians for Justice, a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice.Cynthia's expertise and passion is in developing relationships with culturally diverse community based women's health advocates and organizations, legislators and the media to improve access to affordable quality health care for women. She has committed her life work to improving the status of women, people of color, and the empowerment of the politically disenfranchised. One of her most cherished dreams is to help build a multi-cultural, international woman's health and reproductive justice movement. Her healthcare advocacy has always been grounded in the core principles and values of community-based healthcare learned at the knees of three generations of community health nurses. Cynthia is the proud mother of three children and five multi-racial grandchildren. For more information: www.womanhiv.org
Cynthia Carey-Grant assumed the position at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD) on June 1, 2009. She returned to the arena of women's health advocacy after working for several years in the social change philanthropy sector. Cynthia brings over 25 years of women's health leadership and advocacy experience to her new role and is a member of three living generations of African-Native American feminist.