President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Before joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, she was deputy chief of staff for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, she founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of 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. Richards is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education. She serves on the board of the Ford Foundation.