Erica Elliott Richardson
- Managing Director
- Strategic Communications
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- Washington, DC, 20004
- United States
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- B.A., Public Relations, Auburn University
- M.A., Communication, Auburn University
- Doctor of Law and Policy, Northeastern University
Erica Elliot Richardson counsels clients on political risk and reputation challenges, as well as media management related to regulatory enforcement investigations and settlements. She possesses nearly twenty years of experience in strategic public affairs, in both the government and private sectors. Dr. Richardson helps clients navigate media interest across multiple jurisdictions, proactively advance key narratives to ensure accurate reporting, and obtain corrections or retractions from outlets publishing damaging and incorrect coverage.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Dr. Richardson served as the Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Her government service also includes almost a decade working for the U.S. Congress in senior leadership roles.
During her tenure at the CFTC, Dr. Richardson was responsible for strategic communications and brand management of the agency. In addition to her role as the agency spokesperson, Dr. Richardson developed and executed external communications strategies in support of the agency, Commission business, and all enforcement matters. Dr. Richardson was also the CFTC lead for all communication coordination between federal financial services agencies, regularly liaising with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
On Capitol Hill, Dr. Richardson served as the top spokesperson for the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives. She counseled the Speaker of the House and his elected leadership on the strategic approach to all legislative initiatives under consideration, in addition to non-legislative political challenges. She managed the strategy and outreach to media organizations such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News and The Associated Press to influence and shape coverage of issues relevant to Congress and congressional Leadership.
During the 2008 financial crisis, Dr. Richardson served as a senior advisor to the leadership of the House Financial Services Committee. She was involved in crafting the legislative response to the 2008 financial crisis, which became the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as congressional oversight initiatives related to the 2008 Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP).
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).