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Laura McQuade

Laura McQuade is a multi-level C-Suite visionary leader holding positions as CEO, COO, and CFO.  She has a proven track record in re-envisioning and transforming organizations across many sectors, most recently in change management in the healthcare sector.  She has a deep, lifelong commitment to women, girls and all underserved communities around the globe seeking self-determination and the ability to live their fullest lives. In July 2020, Laura launched Airmedh Consulting, a strategic consulting firm that provides advisory services and interim leadership within the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. 

Laura is the Former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY), a merged Planned Parenthood affiliate comprised of five legacy New York State affiliates that includes Planned Parenthood of New York City for which Laura was President and CEO since June 2017.  PPGNY launched on January 1, 2020.


She has demonstrated commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights, a lifelong passion for promoting human rights, and has applied her considerable skills throughout her career to empower women worldwide to determine their own future.  Her experience includes building and managing strategic visions and leading staff and volunteers to take organizations to a new and higher level.

In 2014, Laura was appointed the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which is now Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP).  During her tenure as CEO, Laura led two mergers to create Planned Parenthood of Great Plains, providing healthcare, education, and advocacy leadership in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.  For the six years before joining PPGP, Laura served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global human rights organization, based in New York, using law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that governments around the world have an obligation to protect, respect and fulfill.

Additionally, Laura has held executive positions with Financial Services Volunteer Corps, a public-private initiative with a mission to help build sound banking and financial systems in developing and transition countries.  She served as the organization’s first Chief Financial Officer, opening its first office in Asia and helping to develop and implement initial program activity in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and India.  She also served as the Chief Financial Officer at the Foundation for a Civil Society and a program officer at the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs.  She has lived and traveled around the world, promoting democratic principles of citizen participation and government transparency and building the capacity of civil society organizations to help citizens hold their governments accountable.

Other organizations whose constituents have experienced the benefits of her leadership include Bank of America Global Corporate & Investment Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

Laura was honored as one of Crain’s 2019 50 Most Powerful Women in New York.  Other honors include: City & State New York: 2019 Above & Beyond; City & State New York: The 2019 Nonprofit Power 100; City & State New York: The 2019 Women Power 100; City & State New York: The Healthcare Power 50.  Additionally, in November 2018, City & State New York recognized her on their inaugural Women Power 100 list.

Laura was born in New Jersey and currently resides in New York City.  She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and she holds an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  She is married, the mother of two amazing children, Nate and India, and has a passion for rescuing at risk animals.  They welcomed George, a two-year-old blue pit, to their family in 2019. children, Nate and India, and has a passion for rescuing at risk animals.  They welcomed George, a two-year-old blue pit, to their family in 2019.



  • Healthcare operations management/integration/optimization

  • Insurance programs and healthcare finance

  • Outpatient facility design/Article 28 facilities in NY

  • Multi-state policy/regulation/compliance

  • Healthcare startups/innovation

  • Telehealth/mobile care delivery

  • Developing multi-state, clinically-integrated networks

Strategic Planning

  • Strategy development/implementation

  • Monitoring/evaluation/reporting

  • Race equity planning/initiatives

  • Mergers/Acquisitions

Finance & Operations

  • Budget development/management 100M+

  • Domestic/international facilities management/expansion

  • Lease/property negotiations

  • Union negotiations

Organizational Development

  • Expansion/transformation/turnaround

  • Change management

  • Talent acquisition/management

  • Operationalizing anti-racist policies/practices

Board, Fundraising, Media

  • Board governance/relationship management

  • Major donor fundraising, incl. cultivating and securing 7-figure individual gifts

  • Public/private institutional grant funding, incl. multi-year 7-figure grants

  • Partnering with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

  • Public-facing media leadership - on-camera, in earned media and digital outlets


  • Global work experience, incl. long-term international assignments, and establishing local offices worldwide

  • Regional partnership development/capacity building

  • Partnering with bilateral/multilateral development institutions - USAID, UN, World Bank, IMF and ADB

Public Policy, Advocacy

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights

  • Access to healthcare for underserved communities

  • Global human, women’s and LGBTQ+ rights

  • Government openness/accountability, safeguarding elections, promoting citizen Participation

  • Capacity building for global political/civic organizations

  • Strengthening financial sector institutions in emerging markets/the Global South


Healthcare Management/Access | Healthcare Startup

Nonprofit | Strategic Consulting | Interim Leadership
Government/International Affairs | Consortium/Coalition Building
Women and Girls | Distressed/Turnaround | Animal Rights

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