Planned Parenthood names award for Susan M. Hammer JD'76

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette has established a new award for outstanding leadership and has named it for Susan Hammer, a former board chair of the organization and currently a senior fellow at the College of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution.

Planned Parenthood CEO David Greenberg presented Hammer with the inaugural award at a gala last week. The Susan M. Hammer Award for Transformative Leadership will be given to outstanding community leaders such as Hammer, Greenberg said.

Greenberg said Hammer was key to many of the organization’s accomplishments in the last decade, including the building of a new facility in Northeast Portland.

“Her ability to connect people to one another for the greater good, raise awareness for Planned Parenthood’s mission, and inspire others in a larger vision for a successful future is unparalleled,” Greenberg said. “No matter what she turns her passion towards, she strengthens organizations and leaves them better off than she found them.”

Hammer served on the board of directors from 1999 to 2005 and as chair from 2001 to 2003. Under her leadership, the organization opened four new health centers and completed significant renovations at the remaining five facilities.

After she stepped down from the board, Hammer led a $12.5 million fundraising effort to build a new regional service center during a recession.

In a letter read at last week’s award ceremony, Gov. John Kitzhaber said Hammer has demonstrated “exemplary dedication” in championing Planned Parenthood’s mission.

“Susan inspired others to roll up their sleeves and join in making meaningful change,” Kitzhaber said. “Susan Hammer’s vision, coalition building and tireless work ethic not only helped to build new health centers and connect resources to those in need, but also increased the capacity of the women’s health care movement to grow and meet the changing needs of our community.”