Welcome CEO and President John Hetherington

Ipas’s new president officially began work September 15. John Hetherington brings more than 20 years of experience working in global development—in some of the world’s most difficult areas. “I was lucky to be able to work in reproductive health for about 18 years and that led me to want to work on abortion and for Ipas,” Hetherington says. Ipas, he notes, is the only organization working exclusively on increasing access to safe abortion. “Ipas is doing incredibly important work…I really like the nexus of health, rights and access and I’m looking forward to digging in to this work” he adds.

Hetherington acknowledges that there will be challenges ahead for him, particularly as a man leading a women’s health and rights organization. But he feels rooted in his commitment to Ipas’s mission and bolstered by “tremendous and inspiring staff and partners.”

Before joining Ipas, Hetherington served as managing director of PSI Europe and as PSI’s Asia regional representative. He has also managed large programs and staff as the PSI country representative in Myanmar, Pakistan and Burkina Faso.