The Susan G. Komen Foundation announced in June that it had selected a new CEO, Judy Salerno, to replace founder Nancy Brinker, who announced her intention to step down last year in the wake of controversy over the charity’s decision to cease funding Planned Parenthood.
That decision, though quickly reversed, caused several of the Foundation’s top executives to leave, and portended major changes. The Foundation subsequently cut back on its multi-city three-day walks, canceling seven, including the one in Washington, D.C. These cancellations were due in part to low turnout, though the scandal accentuated the drop in participation.
Salerno is now tasked with ushering in “Komen 2.0,” according to the chairwoman of the Foundation’s board. The Harvard-educated Salerno certainly has an impeccable background. She worked at high levels within the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. But her political leanings are certainly different from those of her predecessor. Nancy Brinker raised large amounts of money for George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns; Salerno, according to public records, is a registered Democrat and has donated small amounts to various Democratic campaigns.
What Salerno’s tenure as CEO of the Foundation will look like is, at this point, anyone’s guess. But pro-life Americans should not hold their breath that Komen 2.0 will have any more backbone than Komen 1.0.