Jacquelyn Chyrell Richards

State Director, NY

Jacquelyn Chyrell Richards is the New York State Director for Vote Run Lead. Jacquelyn has over fifteen years of extensive experience working in politics at both strategic and tactical levels and along the continuum from grassroots to statewide scales. Before joining Vote Run Lead, she worked for the New York State Assembly and was an advisor to the New York State Senate Democratic Conference Internship Program. At the same time, she was appointed by the City Council as the youngest sitting member of the City of Albany Commission on Human Rights.

Jacquelyn is a New York native who became a first-generation college graduate, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from The College of Saint Rose and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Government, Politics, and Policy from Cornell University.

Jacquelyn has applied this combination of practical and academic experience to various city and state clubs, nonprofit organizations, and political agencies throughout New York State and across America. Her professional efforts have been recognized by Walker’s Legacy, celebrating the contributions of women around the country with its inaugural Power50 List, She’s A Boss, New York State Young Democrats, and the United State of Women Summit, hosted by the White House under the Obama Administration.

Jacquelyn’s mission in life is to create a pathway for more women and people of color to run for public office so that more diverse groups of leaders are in our representation across local, state, and federal government. Jacquelyn enjoys walking, listening to music, and learning new languages when not working.