Ann Marie Benitez

Ann Marie Benitez

Senior Director of Government Relations

annmarie@latinainstitute.org

Ann Marie serves as the Senior Director of Government Relations at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, where she is responsible for NLIRH’s Washington, D.C. office and oversees all the government relations and policy advocacy work.  

She comes to NLIRH with over a dozen years of experience in the policy and political arena. For over six years, she was the public policy director for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Inc. (PPAC) and Interim Vice President at the end of her tenure.  While at PPAC she worked on several state issues including access to Emergency Contraception, sexual education, teen pregnancy prevention, stem cell research, health care reform, medical malpractice, prenatal care, and clinic administrative issues. 

Prior to moving to Sacramento, Ann Marie worked on Capitol Hill for over three years as a Legislative Aide for Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. and was responsible for healthcare, seniors, housing, and immigration issues. Ann Marie also worked on several political campaigns including the 2004 Kerry/Edwards presidential campaign.  She most recently served as the Senior Manager of the Latino Initiative at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. During her time there, Ann Marie led the development of a curriculum for promotores de salud to deliver an evidence based teen pregnancy prevention program. Ann Marie served as a member of the Board of Directors of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice between 2007-2011.  Ann Marie received her BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Rochester, NY.