Cynthia Carey-Grant


Executive Director

Cynthia Carey-Grant assumed the Executive Director position at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD) on June 1, 2009. She returns to the arena of women’s health advocacy after working for several years in the philanthropic sector. Cynthia brings over 25 years of women’s health leadership and advocacy experience to her new role.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Carey-Grant served in leadership roles in several prominent women’s health organizations. Among these were Planned Parenthood Federation of America as Western Regional Field Manager in the Public Policy Division where she was responsible for the management of PPFA public affairs assistance through the implementation of strategies at the local level and as it relates to the development of affiliate and state office public affairs work. Cynthia served as Project Manager for Women’s Health with The Permanente Medical Group where she worked to advance women’s health within Kaiser Permanente. The Women’s Health –KP initiative received national recognition for leadership in improving health service to women in northern California.

She was also the Executive Director and then Board Chair of the California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League where she distinguished herself through work in local, national and international reproductive health initiatives.  In 1993, Cynthia led CARAL as it expanded its mission from a focus on abortion rights to including the full range of reproductive choices for all women. Under her leadership, CARAL received the Outstanding Grassroots Organizing award from NARAL.  Additional volunteer leadership includes Chair of the Board of the Bay Area Black Women’s Health Project and Board Chair of Californians for Justice (CFJ) formed in 1995 to work against passage of the anti-affirmative action initiative proposition 209.

Cynthia’s expertise and passion is in developing relationships with culturally diverse community based women’s health advocates and organizations, legislators and the media to improve access to affordable quality health care for women.  She has committed her life work to improving the status of women, people of color, and the empowerment of the politically disenfranchised. One of her most cherished dreams is to help build a multi-cultural, international woman’s health and reproductive justice movement.

Phone: 510-986-0340 ext. 4051