Former President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (2006-2018)
Cecile Richards served as President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund from 2006 to 2018. Her commitment to reproductive rights is far from over — she will always fight alongside Planned Parenthood.
A nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights, Ms. Richards led a movement that has worked for over 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women and teens. Every year, more than 650 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers nationwide provide health care services to nearly three million patients, and sex education to more than one million people. Planned Parenthood’s website — plannedparenthood.org — receives 47 million visits a year from individuals seeking health care services and education in both English and Spanish.
Ms. Richards expanded Planned Parenthood Action Fund's advocacy around access to health care and ensured that Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, she led an unprecedented nationwide campaign 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 11 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 registration, education, and voter 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 currently serves on the board of the Ford Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and reside in New York City.