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December 4th, 2012 by Arcadia Weekly
This winter, Julianne Sumiko Hines will join Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley as the new Vice President of External Affairs. In her new role, Hines oversees public affairs, communications, marketing, community outreach, and comprehensive sexual health education programming at the local Planned Parenthood.
Hines is a well-known and respected public figure in the community, having spent the past six years as District Director for Assemblymember Anthony Portantino. Prior to her work with the Assemblymember, she spent several years as a field representative for now Senator Carol Liu, who was then serving in the Assembly.
In recent years, Hines has passionately advocated for issues close to her heart, including the advancement and well-being of women and girls. As a member of the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, she has served as a public advocate and speaker on topics related to women’s health and rights, encouraging girls and women to utilize both internal and external resources that will assist them in achieving their goals and realizing their full capabilities.
“I’m so excited to join Planned Parenthood, a trusted organization that’s been a part of our community for nearly 80 years,” said Hines. “I’m proud to continue to serve the communities of the San Gabriel Valley, my home, as an advocate for essential health services and accurate information.”
Her strong conviction that reproductive health is a cornerstone of women’s empowerment makes her an ideal fit to join the Planned Parenthood family. Her background includes a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on community organizing, planning, and administration.