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Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, is a nationally respected leader in women's health and reproductive rights.

About Cecile Richards

As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards leads 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.

Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Ms. Richards has 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’s 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 has 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.