Cecilia Guthrie Boone
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Cecilia Guthrie Boone is the chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Ms. Boone’s involvement with Planned Parenthood began more than 15 years ago, when she served on the board of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, from 1995 to 2004. She served as chair of that affiliate board from 2000 to 2002, seeing it through the merger of the Dallas and Fort Worth affiliates. Ms. Boone was elected to the PPFA Board of Directors in 2009.
Ms. Boone is the past chair of the Dallas Women’s Foundation (where she led a successful $30 million campaign), Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Planned Parenthood of North Texas Action Fund, and Annie’s List, a PAC that recruits, trains, and funds progressive women candidates running for statewide office in Texas. Additionally, she serves on the Harvard Kennedy School Women's Leadership Board, the Women’s Funding Network board, and also serves several local organizations.
Ms. Boone is the chair of the Boone Family Foundation. An active donor and fundraiser, she has focused both her volunteer work and philanthropy on issues that affect women and girls and the role of public policy advocacy in achieving social justice. She has studied fundraising and personal philanthropy through the works of Lynne Twist, Stephanie Clohesy, Tracy Gary, and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, where she is an adjunct professor.
Born in Kentucky, Ms. Boone worked for IBM in Indiana, Ohio, and Texas. In Texas she met and married her husband, Garrett; they have three adult children. With other partners, they began their fledgling business, The Container Store, in 1978.