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Lara Chelian

Vice President of External Operations
Northland Family Planning

Lara Chelian, JD is the vice-president of external operations at Northland Family Planning Centers in the Metro Detroit area. She has over 15 years of experience working in abortion care through her experience with Northland Family Planning Centers at all levels of abortion care. Advocacy for independent abortion providers and representing the care they provide is a large part of her current role. For the past 2 years, Lara has been an active part of the Reproductive Freedom for All coalition to bring a constitutional amendment ballot initiative to protect the fundamental right to abortion in Michigan. It is expected to be on the ballot in November of 2022. Presently, her work’s focus is also as founder and board President of a non-profit, Reclaim, formed in 2015. Reclaim’s focus is on abortion rights advocacy, community education and engagement. The mission of Reclaim is to fuel individuals and communities to Reclaim their dignity around, confidence in, and support of abortion and reproductive rights. Reclaim engages in advocacy and public education to provide accurate and thoughtful information on reproductive health in culture and society. Lara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2002 and her law degree from Wayne State University in 2011.