Elizabeth, NJ – The Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director, Ed Remsen, formerly of the American Heart Association.

“Ed is a seasoned executive and committed supporter of access to health care,” said Michele Jaker, outgoing Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey. “He is an enthusiastic and highly respected member of the non-profit community, and we’re so fortunate that he’s joining our team.”

Michele, who recently left to form her own public affairs company, had served as PPANJ’s first Executive Director when the statewide advocacy office was created in 2002, through 2005.  She returned to the organization in 2007 and stayed on until April of 2012.  Michele will continue to play an integral role in the organization’s work as an ongoing policy consultant, lobbyist and strategist.

Ed Remsen has most recently served as Regional Vice President for the American Heart Association, where he directed a staff that produced a wide variety of fundraising events, and staffed the regional board.  He has over 30 years of experience in non-profit management in New York and New Jersey, as well as a strong history of commitment to advocacy and community organizing. Prior to his position at the AHA, Ed worked for a Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC affiliate, a community development organization in the Rockaways, and the NYC Human Rights Commission’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  A Bronx native, Ed has lived in Montclair since 1987 and served as Mayor from 2004 – 2008, Ward 2 Councilor from 2000- 2004, and was involved in several boards, committees and events. 

“As a result of decreased state funding and attacks on women’s health at the federal level, PPANJ has faced unique challenges over the past several years,” Remsen said. “Planned Parenthood has an amazing network of supporters throughout the state, and I’m looking forward to working with PPANJ at such a challenging and exciting time.”

“One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life, and thousands of women throughout New Jersey visit our health centers for professional, nonjudgmental and confidential care,” said Debby D’Arcangelo, Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area. “That’s why we work every day towards ensuring that women continue to have access to essential health services.  Ed brings a tremendous wealth of experience in non-profit work, and we’re thrilled to have his support in our efforts.”

Ed will work closely with the CEOs of the four New Jersey Planned Parenthood Affiliates: Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ, Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern NJ, Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, and Planned Parenthood of Southern NJ.  He will be responsible for directing PPANJ’s public affairs and advocacy efforts, building a new statewide board of directors, and increasing fundraising capacity at the state and affiliate levels.

Ed can be reached at (908) 351-4171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.