Phyllis Richardson, Policy & Engagement Manager, Common Cause GA. Phyllis has thirty plus years of government and political experience beginning in the late 1980’s by working several years as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Miami Dade County Commission; responsible for supporting high-level local government officials and coordinated all aspects of office communication and was the staff supporter for the Historic Summit of Americas. She provided support to the Congressional Black Caucus meetings and served as point person between the Office of the Chairman, Miami Dade County, and the United States White House under the Clinton Administration.
She continued her public service in several capacities as Office Manager for the Broward County Bar Association, Executive Assistant to a City of Miami Commissioner and she was the Deputy Clerk for the Miami Dade County Board of Commissioners.
Upon moving to Georgia, she continued her civic engagement as a Senate and Legislative Aide to Georgia State Senators Gloria Butler, District 55, and Senator Valencia Seay, District 34. In 2014, Phyllis was appointed the First African American Municipal City Clerk for the City of Snellville, GA. She is a member of both the Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks “IIMC”.
Phyllis served as the Recording Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People “NAACP” at both the State level and the Gwinnett County Chapter. Phyllis held the role of Policy and Procedures Director, for the National Women Political Caucus “NWPC”, Georgia Chapter and was the former President of the National Women Political Caucus “NWPC” Snellville Chapter.
As a community organizer Phyllis has held leadership roles in several political campaigns because of her well-rounded experiences. She has lobbied Georgia State Legislators on behalf of Plan Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia “ACLU”, Women in The Halls Citizen Lobbying Group, and she lobbied members of Congress in DC on behalf of Women’s Action for New Directions “WAND”, Korean Peace Now, Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and Georgia WAND.
As the Ministry Leader of New Jerusalem Baptist Church “NJBC” Political Action Ministry she organized its first Candidate’s Forum in 2016 and organized a virtual event called “Protecting Our Vote: Stop the Suppression” with over 300 attendants in 2020. In addition, she was one of the co-organizers for Gwinnett’s County first “Souls to the Polls” in 2018. As part of her continued work for peace she co-organized the 1st “From Armistice to Peace: How to End the Korean War” in Gwinnett County Korean community as part of her involvement with the Korean Peace Now grassroot organization as well as organizing two community service events titled “Decoding the Law & Understanding Your Rights” free legal clinics held in Gwinnett County.
Phyllis has volunteered with the Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia, Inc., “VEO”, Kids Creek Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Georgia State NAACP, and LifeLink of Georgia. Phyllis is a current Ex-Com Board Member of the Georgia Sierra Club.