Announcement: Exhale Acting Executive Director Mara Kassoff

posted August 29, 2017

Exhale is pleased to announce that as of September 1, Exhale’s Director of National Programs Mara Kassoff will become Acting Executive Director.

Since joining Exhale last year, Mara has strengthened Exhale’s existing programs including our talkline operations and counselor training program, brought on a new program team, and developed new strategic partnerships with organizations all over the country that are seeking to create space for dialogue and authentic, abortion storytelling.


As we announced in May, Exhale’s current Executive Director and Founder Aspen Baker is stepping down. Over the last seventeen years, Aspen - along with staff and board members, talkline counselors, friends and allies - has grown Exhale into a movement that respects the complexity of individual stories and creates space for difficult conversations to be held with empathy.


In her role as Acting Executive Director, Mara will manage Exhale’s operations and continue smooth operation of all of our programs. Aspen will remain part of Exhale in the role of Senior Advisor over the coming months.

The search for Exhale’s next Executive Director is in its final stages. We are excited about where the search is heading and I look forward to sharing news about our new leader once we have finalized this process.

Please join us in celebrating Mara and Aspen for their vision and leadership and for their collaborative efforts to create a seamless Executive Director transition.



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I am joining you in celebrating Aspen and Mara! Two totally awesome leaders.

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