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Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund from 2006 to 2018, is a nationally respected leader in women's health and reproductive rights. Cecile’s commitment to reproductive rights is far from over — she will always fight alongside Planned Parenthood.

A Video Message from Cecile

A Video Message from Cecile

Over the past decade, we‘ve faced down challenges that once seemed impossible and found new ways to speak our truth. Most importantly, we’ve helped Planned Parenthood patients get the care they needed — and that won’t change. Cecile Richards has a message on what’s next.

About Cecile Richards

As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards led a movement that has worked for more than 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women, young people, and marginalized communities. Every year, more than 600 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers nationwide provide health care services to 2.4 million patients, and sex education to more than 1.5 million people. Planned Parenthood’s websites, including Planned Parenthood in Español, receive an estimated 76 million visits each year from people seeking health care services and education in both English and Spanish.

Ms. Richards joined Planned Parenthood in 2006. During her tenure, she expanded advocacy efforts to include fighting for access to health care, ensuring that Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. She led multiple nationwide campaigns to preserve access to Planned Parenthood preventive care through federal programs. Under her leadership, the number of active Planned Parenthood supporters more than tripled, surpassing ten million.

Before joining Planned Parenthood, Ms. Richards served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, she founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of 42 national grassroots organizations working to maximize voter registration, education, and participation. She began her career organizing low-wage workers in the hotel, health care, and janitorial industries throughout California, Louisiana, and Texas. Ms. Richards is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education.

Ms. Richards serves on the board of the Ford Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and live in New York City.