The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has hired Jonathan Webb, MPH, MBA, as CEO. Webb will step into the role beginning April 1.

“Jonathan has the experience, background, and leadership competencies to advance AWHONN’s membership and mission,” said AWHONN Board President Cyndy Krening, MS, CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM. “The Board of Directors was unanimous in selecting Jonathan as the leader we need to guide AWHONN into the future.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside the AWHONN staff and membership to boldly enter into new spaces to address the maternal mortality crisis in America, support the vision of making a difference in the lives of women and newborns, and to strengthen the organizational efforts towards leadership in equity,” said Webb.

Since May 1, 2020, AWHONN has been led by Interim CEO Kathleen Hale, MS, RN, NE-BC. Krening, the Board of Directors and the AWHONN staff appreciate Hale’s leadership during this time. “We give enormous thanks to Kathleen Hale, who stepped in during a very challenging time for the organization. She brought stability to the organization and forward movement. She created a workplace of trust and we could not have been as successful as we were in 2020 without her,” said Krening.

Webb’s career has focused on public health and health equity initiatives, development, strategic planning, and association leadership. His work in this space has focused on the meaningful engagement of stakeholders with an emphasis on prioritizing lived experiences. This approach has resulted in the development of comprehensive and sustainable solutions, upon which a solutions-focused action plan can be built.

Prior to joining AWHONN, Webb was CEO for the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in Washington, DC. At AMCHP, Webb led the organization in developing long term strategic plan, a vision for the organization’s future and grant procurement, which included a focus on equity, increased the organization’s visibility and strengthened organizational partnerships. Additionally, he successfully increased the organization’s budget and built a strong organizational culture that has set the organization up for continued success.

About Jonathan Webb, MPH, MBA

Webb has 18 years of public health and association leadership. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. He is on the Steering Committee of the Equitable Maternal Health Coalition, co-Chair for the March of Dimes’ Mom Baby Action Network Racism & Unequal Treatment work group, and on the Steering Committee for Pritzker’s Prenatal to Three Initiative (PN3). He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.


The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization. Our mission is to empower and support nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families through research, education, and advocacy.


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