TCMS & TCMSF Names Parriott Chief Executive Officer

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The Twin Cities Medical Society & Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation are pleased to announce Ruth Parriott as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Parriott brings a strong background in nonprofit and philanthropic management, most recently as Regional Vice President for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. In that capacity, she managed the local, state, and federal government relations programs for a 19-state region, including deployment of a grassroots network of trained volunteer and professional advocates. During her time with the Society, Parriott designed and implemented successful public policy campaigns to increase appropriations for cancer screening tests for medically underserved populations, expand Medicaid coverage, prevent minors from using indoor tanning devices, increase tobacco taxes, extend smoke-free protections for workers and the public, restrict access to emerging tobacco products targeting minors and special populations, and dramatically increase cancer research funding at the federal level.

Locally, she also served in leadership with the Neighborhood Health Care Network, strengthening funding and management support for community clinics, and as a program officer for The Minneapolis Foundation, supporting organizations advocating for economic, social, racial, and environmental equity. Parriott began her public health career with the Minnesota Smoke-free Coalition, managing a campaign to increase the state tobacco excise tax, and has fond memories of partnering with the dedicated physicians of the Ramsey and Hennepin County Medical Societies in that effort. She holds masters of public health and social work degrees from the University of Minnesota.

She resides in St. Paul with her patient husband, long-haired teenage son, rambunctious dog, and beloved hamster.

Annie Krapek