NICOLE RICHARDSON has worked to raise awareness, identify solutions, and promote behavior change through nonprofit development organizations and for-profit companies. Addressing such issues as income generation and financial empowerment in farming communities and marine conservation with coastal communities, Nicole has supported financial literacy, small business development, and market access in several countries across the African continent. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, MBA from Emory University, and is finalizing an M.A. thesis at Tufts University.
In Los Angeles County, the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs is working to expand the reach of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, an effective yet often underutilized tool to reduce poverty. The county is partnering with FUSE executive fellow Nicole Richardson to optimize outreach about the EITC to eligible individuals and build awareness of the tax credit into the operations of government agencies, community groups, and nonprofits. The resulting model could potentially inform other large cities seeking to reduce poverty.