Ms. Richardson has been working on welfare reform, environmental justice, economic development, education, behavioral health and health issues for the past 25 years.
She currently serves as the Coordinator for the Anacostia Parks & Community Collaborative as well as the President of Chozen Consulting, LLC, a consulting company that focuses on community engagement, facilitation, training, and government relations, and is the Principal for “Women Like Us,” an initiative that focuses on design thinking for women. Among her other charitable and civic endeavors, she is the Vice-Chair of the Friends of Oxon Run Park and facilitates the Police Service Area 702 Outreach Committee where she works in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Department. She serves as the Chair of the Friends of Parklands- Turner Neighborhood Library. Ms. Richardson is also an Advisory Board member to Capital Nature and serves as a board member of Casey Trees and Building Bridges Across the River.
Formerly, Ms. Richardson was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Councilmember Marion Barry. Ms. Richardson also served as the Managing Director of the Metropolitan Dialogue, a group of people of faith who met monthly to discuss civic issues in D.C., for many years. From 1995 to 1996, Ms. Richardson was the Director of Resident Services for the D.C. Housing Authority, and prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Anacostia/Congress Heights Partnership.
She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.