Laneceya Russ named Executive Director of March for Moms
Maternal health advocates March for Moms has appointed Laneceya Russ its new Executive Director. "We are thrilled to have Laneceya at the helm of March for Moms as the movement for maternal health is at a tipping point,” said March for Moms co-founder Ginger Breedlove. “Her experience will be critical to ensuring that Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples, who suffer most from poor maternal health outcomes, are at the center of policy change. Laneceya's passion and authenticity is evident from the first moment you meet her, and we are confident her passion will lead with determined purpose." Ms. Russ is a long-time women’s health advocate, including in her previous role as Advocacy Director for Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response. She is a member of the Louisiana State Crime Victims Reparations Board, a volunteer at the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, and participates on the Community Advisory Board for Open Health Care Clinic. "As a Black woman with underlying conditions who desires to conceive a child, it has been one of my biggest fears and anxieties that both my child and I won't make it during childbirth," said Ms. Russ. "Far too often, we are seeing women of color dying during or after childbirth from complications that could have been prevented. I do not want myself or any another woman to become a statistic of the high maternal death rate that we have in the United States."