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Faye Wattleton

Faye Wattleton is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) in New York. Prior to joining A&M, Wattleton served as Co-Founder and President of the Center for the Advancement of Women (CFAW), an independent, nonpartisan think tank, conducting women-focused national research for public education and policy advocacy. During her leadership, CFAW received national and international acclaim for its groundbreaking research on women's opinions, experiences, roles, and status in society.

From 1978 - 1992, Wattleton was President and CEO of the nation's oldest and largest voluntary reproductive health provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). She was the youngest, first woman, first African American, and longest tenured professional to hold this position. At the time of her departure, a restructured Planned Parenthood had grown to become the nation's seventh largest nonprofit organization, with an aggregate budget of $500 million, providing medical and educational services to four million Americans each year, through 170 affiliates operating in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Lauded as a public spokesperson and for her managerial skills and revolutionary public policy advancement by Business Week and Money, Wattleton has received countless honors and awards. She is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Fries Prize for service to improving public health and was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.

With more than three decades of corporate governance experience serving public and private corporations, Wattleton is an active member of the board of trustees of Columbia University, the board of governors of the PardeeRand Graduate School and serves on the Board of Directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Previously, she served on the Boards of Directors of public companies including Ehrlich-Bober Financial Services (1986-1988), Leslie Fay (1993-1998), Estée Lauder Companies (1995-2003), WellChoice, Inc. (1993-2005), Quidel Corporation (1994-2006) and Savient Pharmaceuticals (1997-2007).
Wattleton earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from The Ohio State University and a master's degree from Columbia University. She holds 14 honorary degrees.
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