Announcing the Departure of Executive Director Susan Schewel

With heavy hearts and profound gratitude, we announce that Susan Schewel will step down as Executive Director of Women’s Medical Fund (WMF) this May.

For 14 years, Susan has been a dynamic force in championing abortion access, leading WMF through a time of unparalleled success and achievement. Having joined WMF in 2004 as the only full-time employee at a time when the organization was in crisis, Susan not only put the Fund back on stable footing but built it into the thriving, innovative and high-impact organization that it is today.

Thanks to Susan’s work, thousands of women have received life-changing financial support without which they would not have been able to afford abortion care—enabling many to complete their education, stay in a job, care for their families, and pursue their dreams. Under her leadership, the annual number of callers to our Help Line seeking information, counseling, and funding increased by 200%, and the number of callers who received funding increased by almost 300%. Among her many other accomplishments, Susan built a team of skilled professionals and mentored 75 student interns who staffed the Help Line as phone counselors, successfully integrated advocacy into the Fund’s mandate, and increased WMF’s profile locally and nationally. Her efforts to advance our mission will have lasting impact.

Susan will leave her position at WMF in late May 2017 to pursue other challenges and pass on the reins of leadership to a new generation. While we will miss her visionary leadership and her friendship in equal measure, we also express our deepest thanks to her for equipping WMF to face the immense challenges that we and our community will face in the uncertain times that lie ahead.

At this time, the WMF Board of Directors is implementing its succession plan and preparing to conduct a thorough search to identify a dynamic new leader to build upon Susan’s outstanding work. As members of the Succession Task Force, we have selected an executive transition consultant, Sonia Stamm of Stamm Consultancy Inc., to facilitate this process and lead the search effort. Together, we will spearhead the selection of WMF’s next executive director and trust we can rely upon our stakeholder community to support the search process over the coming months. Naturally, we will keep you apprised of our progress. Stay tuned for a job announcement. For questions, please contact Sonia Stamm.

As we continue working together to achieve our mission, the Board and staff of WMF will ensure a smooth leadership transition and leverage this opportunity to position the organization for continued success.

Please join us in wishing Susan well and thanking her for 14 years of outstanding leadership.

Sincerely,

 

WMF Succession Task Force

Lisa Cordeiro Kricun
Julie Cousler Emig
Natasha Dravid
Jarma Frisby
Jonathan Wittenberg