VP for communications, Planned Parenthood
By Dawn Laguens, EVP, chief brand and experience officer, Planned Parenthood
There’s an oft-used saying at Planned Parenthood when things get hectic: “No one comes to work at Planned Parenthood by accident.”
But it takes passion and guts to join an organization in the middle of a prolonged and bitter political attack by Congress and the president. Yet that’s what Kevin Griffis did. His belief that everyone has a right to healthcare led him to Planned Parenthood. It also informed his decision to join the Obama administration as the assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked on the Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks and the Affordable Care Act.
At Planned Parenthood, on political campaigns, and in government, Kevin has consistently sought to empower the people who work for him and invests in their development, allowing them to lead and take on new challenges.
This work is essential to ensuring that millions of people can get the healthcare they need, no matter what.