Michael C. Richardson is the field outreach and advocacy coordinator for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. In this role, Richardson supports the associate director in working with local coalitions and organizations across the country to advocate for the team’s policy priorities. He also manages and develops the Poverty team’s Story Network—a growing network of people who have experienced and are experiencing poverty and who use their personal stories to take action in the media and with policymakers to advocate for progressive anti-poverty policies.

Richardson graduated from Morehouse College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He went on to serve as a Bill Emerson National Hunger fellow, where he was a community organizer with Hope House in New Orleans, working with community members and local organizations on energy issues and policies. He also served as an organizer for RESULTS in Washington, D.C., providing support, policy training, and resource development for RESULTS volunteers around the country.

Prior to joining American Progress, Richardson worked as a manager for the On-the-Job Training program through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in North Carolina. There, he developed partnerships with community organizations and employers to promote and implement training programs. He also worked as a program associate for the Bonner Foundation, where he consulted and provided support to 25 college and university Bonner programs, as well as managed the social media platforms and alumni network.

By Michael Richardson
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Keeping Our Promise to America’s Vets by Saving MedicaidCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2017
What Trump’s Medicaid Plan Would Mean for People with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressMarch 8, 2017