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Brian J. Richardson is Lambda Legal’s Midwest Regional Director, based in Chicago. As Midwest Regional Director, Richardson oversees programming and outreach efforts in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and North and South Dakota.

Richardson’s career spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In addition to serving as Deputy Commissioner and Director of Public Affairs for the Chicago Department of Health, he was a communications manager at Google, served as press secretary for former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and was Director of Specialty Media for the Democratic National Committee. He served on the senior leadership team of the Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT community center, and on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Illinois. In 2015, Richardson was a fellow of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Institute and in 2018 was a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy. Richardson earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago.