Elizabeth Toledo is the President of Camino Public Relations, and is the former Vice President – Communications for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She has more than twenty years of leadership in non profit and advocacy communications, and is a prominent national speaker.
Ms. Toledo continues to spearhead national, strategic communications initiatives for Planned Parenthood, the largest voluntary family planning organization world-wide. Her unique approach of weaving media strategies, marketing strategies, message development and visual campaigns has earned her wide praise, including being called “savvy” by PR Week. She has been a leading voice of opinion and analysis for nearly two decades. She has appeared hundreds of times on the national media scene, including such top rated programs as CNN’s Anderson Cooper, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, Air America, and many additional broadcast and print outlets. She has been profiled by Ms. Magazine and National Public Radio, and has successfully generated leadership profiles for organizational leaders in such outlets as Vogue, Glamour, the Washington Post and the New York Times. She was featured in a front page story and photo on reproductive health activism in the San Francisco Chronicle and in a front page photo on Supreme Court issues in the New York Times.
Ms. Toledo has a unique ability to report on complex legal and social issues in a straightforward and accessible manner. She spearheaded communications plans for court initiatives, including Supreme Court judicial nominations as well as for major recent Supreme Court decisions related to women’s health. She has appeared on national news programs to interpret the impact of sexual discrimination laws in the workplace after circuit court and Supreme Court decisions were issued. She has conducted national live television remote interviews for breaking stories, such as on the day that Clarence Thomas was confirmed for the Supreme Court.
Ms. Toledo has also interviewed some of the nation’s top political and entertainment figures for multimedia projects. Interviewees include Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, Rep Maxine Waters, Rep Patricia Schroeder, Sarah Jessica Parker, and others.
She has strategized and negotiated effectively with the nation’s top business and government leaders. She has met with senior executives from the auto industry to assist their efforts in workplace equity, including the President of Ford Motor Company and senior officials from Mitsubishi. She met with top State Department officials on the human rights abuses of women in Afghanistan. She met with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and senior officials from the FBI on the potential impact of federal hate crimes legislation. She met with Vice President Al Gore on women’s equity concerns.
Ms. Toledo has a long history of leadership in grassroots advocacy, including being a leading national organizer of the 2004 March for Women’s Lives, which was the largest march and rally in United States history and which generated massive worldwide media coverage. She has also held a leadership role in many political campaigns on issues including affirmative action, electoral battles, reproductive health care, and economic justice. She was a plaintiff in the legal case that re-shaped athletic opportunities for women in California’s public colleges.
Ms. Toledo has been a frequent speaker on campuses and in such outlets as the Commonwealth Club. Her speaking tour, titled “Everyday Acts of Rebellion”, has reached over 50 campuses nationwide. Ms. Toledo began her communications career as the teenage columnist for the Tucson Citizen, a Gannett paper.