Faye Wattleton

Senior Advisor, Governance Practice


Faye Wattleton Joined Buffkin/Baker as a partner and co-leader in June 2018. She previously served as Managing Director, Corporate Suite of Alvarez & Marsal, and practice co-leader for corporate governance.

Over three decades, Faye has amassed an extraordinary track record for leadership, both as a CEO of national not-for-profit organizations and as a board member of numerous public and private corporations, academic institutions and high-impact philanthropic organizations.

Prior to joining A&M, she served as Co-Founder and President of the Center for the Advancement of Women (CFAW), an independent, nonpartisan think tank, conducting women-focused national research for public education and policy advocacy. During her leadership, CFAW received national and international acclaim for its groundbreaking research and advocacy on women’s opinions, experiences, roles and status in society.

From 1978 to 1992 Faye served as President and CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary reproductive health provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). During her tenure she restructured PPFA and grew it to a $500M organization, making it the nation’s seventh largest not-for-profit organization. At that time, its medical and education programs reached four million Americans, each year, through 170 affiliates operating in 49 states and the District of Columbia. PPFA also provided technical assistance and commodities to organizations in over sixty developing countries.

She is an active member of the Board of Directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center and New York Blood Center and a past member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School and I Have A Dream Foundation. She has served on the boards of a variety of public companies including Ehrlich-Bober Financial Services (1986- 1988), Leslie Fay (1993-1998), Estee Lauder Companies (1995-2003), WellChoice, Inc. (1993-2005), Quidel Corporation (1994-2006) and Savient Pharmaceuticals (1997-2007).
Faye earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She holds fourteen honorary doctorates.

Contact Faye: faye@buffkinbaker.com