THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
“My Career Intersected Politics and Women’s Rights.”
Expertise in public policy, program and organizational development and political strategies. Foundation, corporate and non-profit organizational work includes the United Hospital Fund, the Pfizer Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Primary Care Development Corporation and the Colorado Health Foundation. Executive Director for the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): Regional Field Coordinator, Assistant Area Director in Florida and Associate Legislative and Political Director. Partner at Bass & Howes public policy consulting and lobbying firm. Susan B. Anthony Project. B.A., Bucknell University. Master of Public Health, specializing in public policy, Columbia University.
Interviewed by Judy Waxman, Oral Historian, March 2023
Photo 1. Nanette Falkenberg, Executive Director of NARAL, 1982. Photo 2. Team A (the original five) and Team B, all of whom worked to get Geraldine Ferraro to break the glass ceiling, reunited in the early ’90s. Clockwise from top: Nanette Falkenberg, Joanne Howes, Joan McLean, Millie Jeffrey, Eleanor Lewis, Ranny Cooper, Joanne Symons. (Photo, Joan McLean)
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