Faye Wattleton, serves as Partner and co-head of Buffkin/Baker’s governance practice. Prior to joining Buffkin/Baker Wattleton was a Managing Partner with Alvarez and Marsal.
Wattleton’s career spans more than three decades of governance experience. She has held approximately 20 board member positions for public and private corporations, academic institutions and high-impact philanthropic organizations. Wattleton has also served on the boards of Estée Lauder, Quidel Corporation, Empire Blue Cross & Blue Shield, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Columbia University, among others.
Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, she led the Center for the Advancement of Women as co-founder and president, conducting women-focused national research for public education and policy advocacy.
A distinguished champion for women’s health care, Wattleton made history as the youngest, first woman and first African-American president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), a position she held for 14 years. During her tenure as president and CEO, she restructured the organization and grew it to $500 million, making it the nation’s seventh largest nonprofit.
Wattleton amassed numerous honors and awards during her career, including induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious Fries Prize for service to improving public health. Wattleton holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Columbia University.