Women’s Medical Fund welcomes Elicia Gonzales
as Executive Director
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Philadelphia, PA -- The Women’s Medical Fund (WMF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Elicia Gonzales has been named the Fund’s new Executive Director, following an intensive search led by a six-member Succession Task Force.
A recognized leader in sexual and reproductive justice, Elicia brings to WMF deep experience in nonprofit leadership, community engagement, cultural literacy, media relations, and program development.
“Elicia’s passion for abortion access, her commitment to reproductive justice, and her wealth of leadership experience makes her an ideal candidate to lead WMF in the years ahead,” shared Michele Reimer, WMF Acting Chair. “We are excited about the skill and vision that Elicia brings to Women’s Medical Fund’s work on behalf of communities that have been systematically denied equitable access to abortion.”
Elicia served for six years as Executive Director at GALAEI, Philadelphia’s health and social justice organization for queer Latinx communities. During her tenure, she led the organization through an intensive strategic planning process resulting in an expanded mission and a relocation that embedded the organization in the community it serves.
Elicia holds dual Masters degrees in Social Work and Education and has served as a professor of sexuality at Widener University, as well as a therapist and program manager. She currently serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Bread & Roses Community Fund and Camp Sojourner Girls’ Leadership Program.
Elicia assumes the position following the departure of long-time Executive Director Susan Schewel, who noted: “I’m so happy to be welcoming Elicia Gonzales as my successor! I am excited to see how WMF grows under her leadership as she utilizes her experience and skills to carry WMF into the future.”
Said Elicia Gonzales, “It is my honor and privilege to join the Women's Medical Fund team and follow in the footsteps of the visionary leader Susan Schewel. I am deeply passionate about fighting for our ability to control what happens to our bodies while acknowledging the impacts of poverty, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Together with the Board, staff, community and supporters, we will continue working to ensure, expand, and equalize abortion access for people most impacted by restrictions.”
Founded in 1985, Women’s Medical Fund (WMF) protects and expands abortion access for low-income people through direct service and advocacy. We support those living in poverty who need access to abortion today by providing counseling and emergency financial assistance. We support people in the future through advocacy to lift the bans on insurance coverage for abortion.