Erica Elliott Richardson | Managing Director | FTI Consulting
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Erica Elliott Richardson

  • Managing Director
  • Strategic Communications
  • T: +1 202 312 9100
  • F: +1 202 312 9101
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    • 555 12th Street, NW
    • Suite 700
    • Washington, DC, 20004
    • United States
    • T: +1 202 312 9100
    • F: +1 202 312 9101

Erica Elliott Richardson is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment. As a member of the Financial Services sector team, Dr. Richardson brings expertise in communications, financial services policy, US Congress and international government. She possesses nearly twenty years of experience in strategic public affairs, in both the government and private sectors.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Dr. Richardson served as a political appointee to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), approved by the Executive Office of the President. Her government service also includes almost a decade working for the U.S. Congress, during which time she worked on the highest profile political and policy issues.

In the private sector, Dr. Richardson has advised domestic and international clients on global public policy and communications in the US, UK, European Union and emerging markets.

During her tenure at the CFTC, Dr. Richardson was responsible for strategic communications and brand management of the agency. She developed and executed external communications strategies in support of the agency, Commission business, and the agency leadership team. She was involved in the strategic planning for all external-facing Commission matters including legal, domestic and international policy, risk surveillance, and examinations programs; educating policymakers on the importance of risk transfer markets to economic growth and employment; agency efforts related to digital assets; and the Commission’s overall enforcement program and individual investigations.

On Capitol Hill, Dr. Richardson served as the top spokesperson for the now-Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). She counseled the elected leadership on the strategic approach to all legislative initiatives under consideration, in addition to non-legislative political challenges. Dr. Richardson was an architect of The Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (H.R.2940), which became law as part of the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3606), signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012.

Dr. Richardson is frequently quoted in national news outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and The Associated Press.

Dr. Richardson holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Auburn University, and a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the potential legislative and regulatory frameworks for virtual currency in the US, titled, “Digital Dollars: How a Civil War-Era Law Might Predict the Future of Virtual Currency Policy.” Dr. Richardson is also a Board Member of Rosie Riveters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls to be strong, confident, and competent in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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