After a national search by CohenTaylor, Planned Parenthood North Central States (PPNCS) has announced that Ruth Richardson will be the next CEO.

Richardson, a lawyer, health equity champion, and trailblazer, joins PPNCS during a new era for abortion rights. A former CEO of Wayside Recovery Center, a non-profit health care organization that provides mental health and substance abuse support throughout skyrocketing demand for services during the pandemic, Richardson most recently served in the Minnesota House for four years, where she passed several bipartisan reproductive justice bills. As PPNCS CEO, Richardson will lead 28 health centers and telehealth options serving over 100,000 patients per year across multiple states.