Jatrice Martel Gaiter
Position: President and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.
Career highlights: National executive director of SOS Children's Villages-USA in Alexandria; vice president of Michigan Partnership for New Education in East Lansing at Michigan State University; spent 15 years in management and public policy at the United Way in Miami and Indianapolis.
Education: Received a BA in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a JD from Syracuse University College of Law.
Has the mission for Planned Parenthood changed in any way in recent years? And what are your goals specifically? "The goals for Planned Parenthood remain the same. Basically, we want to provide quality reproductive health care to low-income and uninsured women and their families. What my vision is for the organization is to expand access to quality reproductive health care to people who are consistently underserved. ... I want to accomplish this by providing services and community education programs to break the barriers of income, age, race, culture and language, which prevent women, men and teens from receiving much-needed family planning and reproductive health-care services."
In light of recent bombings of family planning clinics, is your organization doing anything different to ensure safety? "Yes. Because of the bombings our board of directors and staff are raising money to place bullet-resistant glass in our clinics. We have to pay for increased security. ... This year we plan to raise over $100,000 just to increase clinic security."