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Susan Higginbotham, MEd

Higginbotham_headshot Susan Higginbotham MEd

On Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, Susan Higginbotham began her tenure as executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Susan was selected by the PCADV Board of Directors in September 2017 following an extensive nationwide search.

Susan has more than 25 years of experience dedicated to addressing mission-related issues including domestic violence, reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health. She has been in executive leadership for twenty years.

Susan has served as executive director of the Society of Family Planning (SFP) and the SFP Research Fund based in Philadelphia. Her prior experience includes president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Chester County and executive director of the AIDS Fund. Before relocating to Pennsylvania, Higginbotham worked as executive director of a community-based domestic violence center in South Carolina before going on to lead the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as executive director. She has also been an active volunteer on a number of non-profit boards including Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, Thrift for AIDS, Center for Responsible Funding and the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault, where she served on the drafting committee for 2000 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Susan received her BA in psychology and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to earn her Master’s in Counselor Education and Psychology from North Carolina State University. Her education prepared her for direct service in the family planning and domestic and sexual violence fields.

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