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About Aissia Richardson

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University in 1989, Ms. Richardson spent time as a Research Coordinator for the City of Richmond, California. It was there that she composed written reports to the Private Industry Council and city staff regarding the progress and findings of her research on municipal contracts awarded to Minority Owned and Women Owned Business Enterprises.

Ms. Richardson is currently Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Sharif Street (PA 3). Her responsibilities include managing interns and volunteers; organizing town halls, conferences, luncheons, and panel discussions; and drafting citations and senate resolutions. Her most recent accomplishments include distributing 3,000 turkeys across the region and meal distributions across the district. 

Ms. Richardson served as the President of the African American United Fund (the Fund) from 2006 until 2014. She was responsible for creating the organization's fund development plan and organizing special events to raise funds and awareness about its mission and goals. She implemented community festivals, concerts, conferences, workshops, forums, and town hall meetings to raise funds for community economic development, social change advocacy, and quality public education.

As the Uptown Entertainment and Development Vice President Operations, she was responsible for creating and implementing the organization’s Fund Development Plan. Her most recent accomplishment was helping to secure over $1.5 million in public and private funding for the renovation of the Uptown Theatre in Philadelphia. She resigned from this position in December 2014.

Ms. Richardson has served as a board member of Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania; Bread and Roses Community Fund; was appointed by City Councilman Wilson Goode as an Advisory Committee member for Digital Inclusion Group; was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve on the SEPTA Citizens Advisory Committee representing Philadelphia and was elected in 2010 as its chair; and, was elected in 2009 as the first African American woman to chair the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Regional Citizens Committee and was reelected in 2010 for a second term. 

Ms. Richardson served for four years as the President of the Samuel Powel Elementary School Home and School Association and has volunteered for a host of organizations in Philadelphia. 

Ms. Richardson has two adult children. She and her family reside in North Central Philadelphia.

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