Karen Richardson is an Account Manager at RALLY with experience in public policy analysis, strategic planning, engagement campaigns, and coalition building. A veteran of the Obama White House and the Public Affairs Bureau at the U.S. State Department, Richardson has worked with elected officials, business leaders, diplomatic leaders, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and the entertainment and arts community to advance a wide spectrum of causes.
At RALLY, Karen has worked on advocacy and communications strategies for the global TIME’S UP movement as well as The California Endowment’s Invest in Youth campaign.
Prior to joining RALLY, Karen served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department where she was responsible for developing and implementing Engage America, a nationwide campaign to educate the public and state and local officials on the domestic impact of international diplomacy. She also helped lead communications and domestic outreach strategies on issues including the 2015 Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change, the 2015 U.S.-China Climate Leaders’ Summit, the new approach to U.S.-Cuba relations, and the nuclear deal with Iran.
At the White House, Richardson served in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, she developed and managed domestic outreach to NGOs, advocacy organizations, and constituency groups to promote President Obama’s position on a range of foreign policy and domestic issues including health care and education reform. She also worked closely with Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, including managing Ms. Jarrett’s involvement in international gender policy development in her role as Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
Richardson began working for President Obama at his Senate Office in 2005, serving as Deputy to the Policy Director. After Obama announced his presidential run, she joined the Obama for America campaign as the State Policy Director for Iowa, a director role she again assumed in several other states throughout the presidential primary.
Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Los Angeles, California, Richardson has a BA from Howard University, a JD from Howard University School of Law, and a Masters in International Affairs from the London School of Economics.