Jay Hutchins was named vice president of public affairs with Planned Parenthood.
Hutchins will lead the strategic direction of Planned Parenthood of Maryland’s advocacy to advance policy and legislation that protects and expands reproductive health care and maximizes the ability to deliver health care and sex education. He will work in close coordination with the national organizing team to build power for the reproductive justice movement.
Hutchins brings extensive experience in state and federal government and nonprofit sector. He directed Maryland Working Families leading the effort to pass legislation to raise the state minimum wage. He was legislative director for Maryland & D.C. AFL-CIO, and under former Gov. Martin O’Malley, Hutchins served as director of government affairs for the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Jay was a Clinton administration appointee in the Peace Corps Office of Congressional Relations.
ABOUT JAY HUTCHINS
I sleep in Montgomery County, work in Baltimore and for 90 days during the Maryland General Assembly I practically live in Annapolis!
Montclair High School (NJ) Go Mounties!; Bachelor of Arts, Winston-Salem State University; Juris Doctor, Howard University School of Law.
If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?
I should have a better answer for this and I’m sorry but I don’t. In all honesty I really enjoy what I do. I think that’s the trick to living a good life: Do something you love and get paid for it.
Every summer my wife and I take the kids to Martha’s Vineyard, and for two weeks we totally chill. The Vineyard is a naturally beautiful place with a strong sense of community and friendly people who enjoy sun, sand, woodlands and food. If you don’t see me getting off the ferry, you probably won’t see me the whole trip, unless you frequent hardware stores or fish markets.
When I want to relax, I … :
Take a hike or a city walk. I love walking. I know that’s probably corny and I should say something like hang-gliding, but I just walk and I enjoy it. I can hike for hours. One of my dreams is to do a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. Someday I will find the time.
My favorite book is “Letters to a Black Boy,” by Bob Teague
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein
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