Biography

Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson
Diana C. Richardson is a lifelong Brooklyn resident, the daughter of immigrants, a committed public servant, and a fearless leader. Richardson serves the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn, New York which encompasses, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and East Flatbush. She brought her passion for community advocacy to Albany after being instated into the State Legislature in a special election in 2015.

Working to find sustainable ways to establish progressive legislation for individuals throughout the State of New York, and building opportunities for those throughout the 43rd Assembly District have remained a core focus for her.

Richardsonís legislative agenda focuses on civic engagement, education equity, permanent affordable housing, small business enhancement, criminal justice reform, anti-gun violence initiatives, community empowerment, and development.

Richardson recognizes the importance of a multifaceted approach to community enhancement and development. Subsequently, she recently negotiated for fair housing, health, and education initiatives for the 43rd Assembly District, through the $1.4 Billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative to address economic and health disparities throughout Central Brooklyn. Additionally, she fought for and increased the minimum wage for New York State to $15 by 2020.

Public service runs through Richardsonís veins; subsequently, she recognized it was clear that a degree in Public Administration at Medgar Evers College was imperative. She later obtained a Masters in Public Administration at Baruch College at the City University of New York. Her passion for community empowerment then led her to serve as Director of Constituent Affairs in the New York State Senate.

Richardson later used her advocacy skills to serve as the Strategic Partnership and Education Director at Boys Town New York a national youth and family service organization. Currently in the New York State legislature, she is a member of the Assembly standing committees of Banks, Labor, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, Mental Health, Small Business, Womenís Legislative Caucus, Task Force on Women's Issues and The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus. She is also the Second Vice Chair of the BLAC Association which raises funds for college scholarships.