Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights.
As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, she leads a national organization that has worked for nearly 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women and teens. She is a sought-after speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education.
Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Richards has expanded the organization’s advocacy for 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’s preventive care through federal programs. Under her leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood’s supporters has doubled, reaching 7 million.
Before joining Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards served as deputy chief of staff for 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.
A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, she also currently serves on the board of the Ford Foundation.