Seattle-based Deliberate Parenthood affiliate ousts CEO –

The CEO of a Seattle-based affiliate of Deliberate Parenthood has been faraway from her place after controversy following a donor’s use of a racist time period in a gathering.
Chris Charbonneau was ousted final week as head of Deliberate Parenthood Nice Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, the Seattle Instances reported. The group mentioned a donor used a racist time period to check with Black individuals this fall and Charbonneau repeated the phrase whereas discussing the assembly with one other staffer.
Charbonneau and the board have differing accounts of how she reacted to the donor’s use of the phrase, which the previous CEO mentioned was within the context of evaluating the remedy of girls impacted by abortion restrictions to the mistreatment of Black individuals.
Board members Jeff Sprung and Colleen Foster mentioned in an e mail to the newspaper an investigation discovered Charbonneau didn’t admonish the donor.
Charbonneau, who’s white, mentioned she was upset by means of the racist time period and informed the donor, additionally white, the phrase shouldn’t have been used.
Whereas Charbonneau has not been given a replica of the investigation’s findings, she mentioned she was informed by the board that the members discovered her account of the assembly truthful.
The reproductive rights affiliate operates in six states and employs 700 individuals.
Charbonneau mentioned she was upset at being painted as racist for, as she described it, quoting what another person had mentioned, together with utilizing the phrases “quote unquote.”
“If I needed to do it over once more, I might not have used that precise time period,” Charbonneau mentioned. “I used to be astonished on the kind of cavalier disregard with which my 40-year dedication was being handled.”
The board appointed Rebecca Gibron, who had been serving as chief working officer and beforehand led Idaho Deliberate Parenthood, to go the Seattle-based affiliate whereas a nationwide seek for a CEO is underway.