Cecile Richards

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Cecile Richards
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Personal details
Born 1958 (age 56–57)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kirk Adams
Children 3
Alma mater Brown University

Cecile Richards (born 1958)[1] is an American activist and has been the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006.[2] She is a member of the Democratic Party.[3] In 2010, Richards was elected to the Ford Foundation board of trustees.

Political involvement[edit]

Richards previously founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of national Democratic Party-affiliated organizations.[4] 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.[5] She has also worked at the Turner Foundation.[6] In 1996, she founded the Texas Freedom Network, a Texas organization formed to counter the Christian right.[7] Richards' appearance in undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives talking about fetal body parts has proven controversial.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Richards is the daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards (née Dorothy Ann Willis) and David Richards.[3] She attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School for high school, and graduated from Brown University in 1980.[11] She is married to Kirk Adams, a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union, and has three children.[12] She currently lives in New York City.[13]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ Finn, Robin (May 2, 2010). "Strategy for the Produce Aisle". The New York Times. pp. MB2. 
  2. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/07/16/planned-parenthood-head-apologizes-for-tone-of-doctor-in-covert-video/
  3. ^ a b Johnson, Darragh (March 25, 2006). "Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's Choice Leader". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  4. ^ Farhi, Paul (March 24, 2004). "Democratic Spending Is Team Effort". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Groups collecting contributions in hopes of defeating Bush". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Associated Press. August 17, 2003. p. 11A. 
  6. ^ Herman, Ken (April 7, 2001). "Tax-cut ad campaign players: throwback to '94 governor race". The Austin American-Statesman. 
  7. ^ Green, John (2000). Prayers in the Precincts. Washington: Georgetown University Press. p. 53. ISBN 0-87840-775-8. 
  8. ^ http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421641/cecile-richards-right-kathryn-jean-lopez
  9. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-videos-to-be-released-of-alleged-planned-parenthood-abortion-practices-selling-body-parts/
  10. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/15/health/planned-parenthood-undercover-video/index.html
  11. ^ "Nelson Mandela To Receive Honorary Degree in Absentia, One of Eight Candidates" (Press release). Brown University. April 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  12. ^ "Cecile Richards". Planned Parenthood. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  13. ^ Martinez, Gebe. "Texans in Washington". Houston Chronicle (Hearst Newspapers Partnership, L.P.). Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  14. ^ Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, official website.
  15. ^ Fluke, Sandra (2012-04-18). "Time Magazine: 100 Most Influential People in the World: Cecile Richards". Time.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 

External links[edit]

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Gloria Feldt
President of Planned Parenthood