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Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Names New Executive Director

The Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is pleased to announce the selection of Paula Birdsong as its new executive director. Birdsong will take over for executive director Donna Sanderson who will retire in October.

“Paula’s experience as the regional vice president of the American Cancer Society, California Division made her the ideal candidate for this position” said Sanderson. “She managed operations for 32 counties throughout California, all while improving the organization’s financial status and exceeding annual donor contributions. Her experiences will help Komen to continue providing outstanding breast health services and education while exploring new ways to help the Sacramento affiliate grow.”

Birdsong begins her tenure today and will be responsible for the growth and development of the local affiliate, to meet the needs of its 19 county service area and support the national research grant program.

“Komen is a natural fit for me. I am excited to join an organization with a proven record of successfully raising the funds needed to serve the Sacramento Valley communities. It is my honor to join the Komen family in the fight against breast cancer,” said Birdsong.

Prior to her work with the American Cancer Society, Paula served as the State Executive Director for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – California, where she managed 17 statewide chapters and served as a member of the Governor’s DUI Enforcement Task Force. She also served as Executive Director for Meadowview Community Action, Inc. where she provided management activities for Head Start, Welfare to Work and Youth Services Program in the greater Sacramento area.

Since its inception, the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has brought in millions of dollars to support breast cancer services and education for the greater Sacramento region. For more information, visit www.komensacramento.org.

 

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