The Women and the Law Program is proud to highlight three WCL alumni currently working at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Brynn Weinstein, Marya Torrez and Rachel Sussman are all doing critical work alongside Planned Parenthood to advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights and provide quality health care, as well as empower individuals to make their own, well-informed, decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives.
Brynn Weinstein, a 2012 WCL graduate, currently serves as the Director of Health Center Regulatory Strategy at Planned Parenthood. In this role, she provides guidance to Planned Parenthood affiliates preparing for and responding to TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws and regulations. She also assists affiliates in efforts to mitigate the impact of enacted TRAP restrictions on health center operations.
In addition to working directly with Planned Parenthood affiliates, Brynn works on larger strategic efforts to create, implement, and advance national measures addressing operational barriers to abortion access caused by restrictive legal environments and/or opposition tactics.
WCL graduate Rachel Sussman is the National Director of State Policy and Advocacy at Planned Parenthood. In this role, Rachel leads the organization’s efforts to promote policies at the state level to expand access to sexual and reproductive health, while defeating attacks that seek to undermine access to basic health care services. With over 12 years of experience, Rachel provides expertise on state-level abortion policy and has been instrumental in developing communication efforts and strategic initiatives key to Planned Parenthood’s mission of ensuring that access to abortion remain safe and legal. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood has expanded its engagement with State Legislators, Attorneys General, and key state partners.
Marya Torrez, a 2014 graduate of WCL’s LL.M program, is currently the Director of Public Policy at Planned Parenthood where she is part of the Government Relations team. Marya oversees a team focused on analysis and response to federal policies implicating sexual and reproductive health.
Alongside analyzing and responding to federal policies, Marya develops and executes cross-departmental plans and strategies for responding to administrative actions that threaten reproductive and sexual health access and care and impact the communities that Planned Parenthood health centers serve. In addition to her work with Planned Parenthood, we are excited to have Marya back at WCL as an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching Reproduction and the Law.
It is inspiring to see all that our alumni are doing to ensure every individual receives quality health care and the opportunity to make informed and independent decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Marya, Rachel and Brynn, through their efforts to expand access to health care, are a powerful example of the influential work WCL alumni are doing every day around the country.