RALEIGH, N.C. — Pam Kohl, an aide to U.S. Rep. Brad Miller and a veteran nonprofit executive, has been named executive director of the Raleigh-based affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Kohl, who is district director for Miller and begins her new job in mid-August, is former executive director of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Capital and Coast, former planning director for United Way of North Carolina, and former executive director of the N.C. Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, all in Raleigh.
“Pam Kohl brings a wealth of experience as a leader in local nonprofits and a deep-rooted connection to North Carolina,” Ted Smyth, president of Komen’s North Carolina Triangle to the Coast affiliate, says in a statement. “To accompany her ability and experience, Pam also brings the passion and personal connection of herself being a survivor.”
Kohl will join the affiliate in the wake of a national controversy earlier this year over a decision by Komen’s national organization to change its grantmaking in a way that would have barred funding to Planned Parenthood, which uses the funds to provide clinical breast exams to uninsured and underinsured women.
Faced with an outpouring of protest, the national organization quickly reversed that decision.
On the heels of those moves, the affiliate lost three top staff members, including its long-time executive director, its director of development and communications, and its communications manager.
The affiliate, which serves 20 North Carolina counties and has been planning to serve nine more counties in the eastern part of the state, also saw a decline in entries for its annual Race for the Cure, held in June, that raises funds for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.
“We have no doubt that great things are ahead for this affiliate,” Smyth says, “and that Pam Kohl’s leadership will go a long way in achievig them.”