|Born||1958 (age 56–57)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University|
Cecile Richards (born 1958) is an American activist and has been the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006. She is a member of the Democratic Party. In 2010, Richards was elected to the Ford Foundation board of trustees.
Richards previously founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of national Democratic Party-affiliated organizations. Before that, she was deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has also worked at the Turner Foundation. In 1996, she founded the Texas Freedom Network, a Texas organization formed to counter the Christian right.
Richards' appearance in undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives talking about selling fetal body parts has brought criticism.
Richards is the daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards (née Dorothy Ann Willis) and David Richards. She attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School for high school, and graduated from Brown University in 1980. She is married to Kirk Adams, a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union, and has three children. She currently lives in New York City.
Awards and honors
- 2010 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship
- 2012 Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World
- Finn, Robin (May 2, 2010). "Strategy for the Produce Aisle". The New York Times. pp. MB2.
- Johnson, Darragh (March 25, 2006). "Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's Choice Leader". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-04-06.
- Farhi, Paul (March 24, 2004). "Democratic Spending Is Team Effort". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-04-06.
- "Groups collecting contributions in hopes of defeating Bush". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Associated Press. August 17, 2003. p. 11A.
- Herman, Ken (April 7, 2001). "Tax-cut ad campaign players: throwback to '94 governor race". The Austin American-Statesman.
- Green, John (2000). Prayers in the Precincts. Washington: Georgetown University Press. p. 53. ISBN 0-87840-775-8.
- "Nelson Mandela To Receive Honorary Degree in Absentia, One of Eight Candidates" (Press release). Brown University. April 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- "Cecile Richards". Planned Parenthood. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- Martinez, Gebe. "Texans in Washington". Houston Chronicle (Hearst Newspapers Partnership, L.P.). Retrieved 2009-04-06.
- Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, official website.
- Fluke, Sandra (2012-04-18). "Time Magazine: 100 Most Influential People in the World: Cecile Richards". Time.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
|Non-profit organization positions|
|President of Planned Parenthood