Cecile Richards is president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PPFA's advocacy and political arm. Cecile writes about election issues as the president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund or on behalf of Planned Parenthood Votes. She is a leader in national progressive politics with more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of reproductive freedom and social justice. Prior to joining PPFA, Ms. Richards served as founder and president of America Votes, a coalition of more than 30 national organizations, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. America Votes was created to maximize voter registration, education, and mobilization among grassroots organizations. Directly before serving as president of America Votes, Ms. Richards worked as deputy chief of staff for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, where she played a key role in the Congress member's election as the first woman Democratic leader of the House of Representatives.