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Cory Richards, Senior Vice President and Vice President for Public Policy

Cory Richards has followed sexual and reproductive health politics and policy development for more than three decades. A graduate of Yale University, he joined the Guttmacher Institute in 1975, following assignments on Capitol Hill as press assistant and legislative assistant for a member of the House of Representatives active on public health issues, including family planning. As vice president for public policy and editor of the Institute’s quarterly policy review, The Guttmacher Report, Mr. Richards writes and lectures widely on sexual and reproductive health policy concerns. As senior vice president, he also serves on the Institute’s three-person senior management team. Mr. Richards has held volunteer leadership positions with a number of leading organizations concerned with sexual health and reproductive rights, including the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, the National Abortion Federation and the American Public Health Association. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Campaign for Microbicides.

Recent Publications Include:

Editor, The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1998-present.

Editorial Director, State Reproductive Health Monitor:A Quarterly Review of Legislative and Policy Actions, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1990-1997

Editorial Director, Washington Memo, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 1981-1997


Richards CL, Gold RB, The Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, California, 2004.

Richards CL, Insight On The News, 19:46-49, 2003.

Richards CL and Gold RB, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, 2001.

Landry DJ, Kaeser L and Richards CL, Abstinence Promotion and the Provision of Information About Contraception In Public School District Sexuality Education Policies, Family Planning Perspectives, 1999, 31(6), 280-286.

Richards CL and Gold RB, Lessons Learned: The Managed Care Experiences of Family Planning Providers, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 1998, 4:1-13.

Richards CL and Gold RB, Managed Care and Unintended Pregnancy, Women’s Health Issues, 1998, 8:134-148.

AGI, Improving the Fit: Reproductive Health Services in Managed Care Settings, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, 1996.

AGI, Title X at 25: Balancing National Family Planning Needs With State Flexibility, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, New York, 1996.

Richards CL and Cohen SA, The Cairo Consensus: Population, Development and Women, Family Planning Perspectives, 1994, 26:272-277, adapted from International Family Planning Perspectives, 1994, 20:150-155.