Diana Richardson
Diana Richardson was elected to the state Assembly on May 6, 2015. She represents the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn, which includes the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Wingate and East Flatbush. She is a first generation native of Crown Heights, Brooklyn of West Indian descent. With a strong passion for community, Diana has worked to improve the overall welfare of her neighbors through raising awareness on key issues such as housing, juvenile justice, and criminal justice reform. Diana is a member on the Assembly standing committees on Banks, Children and Families, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, Mental Health, Small Business, Womenís Caucus, and The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus where she holds an executive role on its sub-committee for women of color as Secretary.

While earning her Bachelorís Degree in Public Administration at CUNY Medgar Evers College, Diana discovered her passion for public service and it was clear that community empowerment would be her central focus. Diana later obtained a Masterís in Public Administration degree with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from the School of Public Affairs at CUNY Baruch College.

She began her career in the New York State Senate serving as the Director of Constituent Affairs in the office of Senator Kevin Parker of the 21st Senatorial District. This experience enabled Diana to master managing key relationships with community-based organizations, state and city agencies, faith-based communities and other key district stakeholders.

Prior to her election as Assemblymember, Diana used her program development and advocacy skills for a position as Director of Government Relations with Boys Town New York; a nearly century old national youth and family service organization dedicated to changing the way America cares for children and families. In her position with Boys Town, she represented the agency and gained a wide range of support and partnership within the community and with government officials.

Diana worked diligently to enhance the brand of Boys Town with her advocacy of at-risk youth and their families. In addition to raising brand awareness, Diana relentlessly worked to secure the safety and security for the New York Cityís most vulnerable youth. Her ability to build relationships throughout New York City and garner civic engagement in various districts ensured the success of the organization and the community at large.

Not only does Diana serve the public in her professional capacity, she has served the community as an Executive Member of Brooklynís Community Board 9 and the American Society of Public Administration. Her son, Isaac Bowen Jr., is 12 years old and according to Richardson, is her greatest accomplishment.