A long-time health care advocate, Jodi Hicks is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC). PPAC is the statewide public policy office for Planned Parenthood in California, representing and supporting California’s seven separately incorporated Planned Parenthood affiliates in their provision of high-quality, expert sexual and reproductive health care across more than 100 health center locations. Hicks led legislative strategies to get security funding for health centers that offer abortion services.
A longtime health care advocate and lobbyist, Hicks has worked with numerous health careorganizations, using her decades of experience to advise clients on government relations and policy. Hicks served as Acting CEO and President starting June 2019 and swiftly championed the role starting September 2019. She has previously served as a lobbyist for PPAC and sat on the board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.
Prior to joining PPAC, Jodi was the co-chair of Mercury LLC, an international public strategy firm, where she advocated on behalf of health care, energy, and social justice issues. Jodi was previously a partner in the lobby firm DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, LLC and has also served as the Vice President of Government Relations at the California Medical Association.
Since 2012, Jodi has been recognized in “Capitol Weekly’s Top 100” legislative advocates in California. She has been continually recognized for her work in the public health sector, including her successful advocacy on landmark legislative victories such as tobacco control legislation, increased California Medicaid provider rates, and the school children immunization requirement..