About Jerica Richardson
Timeline

Jerica’s Story

I am my grandfather's greatest dream. I am my parents' greatest hopes. I am the child of America's complex history.

I am the daughter of two loving parents, Valerie and Willie Richardson, and I come from a long legacy of educators and trailblazers who understood sacrifice and paved the way for generations to come. My history is littered with moments of American history- Tuskegee Airmen, sharecroppers, founders of schools, desegregationists, war heroes, and subjects of the syphilis study. My ancestors were not afraid to lead and live courageously. While not always welcomed, they were diplomatic and fair purveyors of their crafts.

In me burns that same distinct fire. It sits atop a torch that is focused on progress and finding unique ways to collaborate with others.

When resources are scarce, you learn how to be resourceful. When they tell you it's impossible, you fight to make the impossible possible. When tragedy strikes, you learn empathy- that injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. When systemic issues arise, you learn that that inequity is the slippery slope to bondage, and freedom is bought with love. When corruption rears its head, you learn that representation is not about power, but empowerment. When criticism is aimed at you, you learn that servant leadership is about being all that you are, doing all that you can, with all that you know for all who you can.

I stand on the laurels of the character developed over generations in my family. So when I see something, I say something.

Today, I see the community is left out of the equation. Today I see a disconnected community. However, I also see that Cobb County is equipped with unique diversity, and we should be the example of everything good coming out of Georgia.

I know I am my grandfather's greatest dream. Now, I am seeking to represent our community, and I intend to hold and propel your dreams of safety, stability, and significance.

I am running to connect us where it matters. I am running to be your seat at the table.


2005 | Global Warming Theory & Hurricane Katrina

Leading up to Hurricane Katrina, I had been a junior in high school and fascinated by the weather. I had developed a theory indicating that the potency of severe thunderstorms and hurricanes could be decreased by utilizing a naturally occurring process. In pursuing further research, I was given a segment on the local news discussing the research both in New Orleans and later Atlanta. I was also contacted by a local congressional representative to extend research facilities and faculty at Tulane to continue my work. Four days after that conversation, I was a displaced "refugee" in Atlanta by way of Hurricane Katrina.

Donate Today to Help Curb the Impact of Climate Change

2003 | Benjamin Franklin High School


1993 | North Carolina and Georgia


1989 | Charity Hospital in New Orleans

Donate Today to Help Make Access to Public Health a Priority

2012 | GT Alum Biomedical Engineering/Pre Med and Public Policy

I graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Biomedical Engineering with a Pre-Med focus, and a certificate in Pre-Law. I entered into the private sector working for a mid-size company that developed software for law-firms named Aderant.

Donate Today to Make Sure there are Jobs Ready for Our Graduates

2011 | Created GT Leadership Initiative Pilot (Tech Leaders)

While at Georgia Tech, it was evident that new wave of leadership would come from the Technology sector. This has shown to be true as questions about genomics, privacy, and personal data ownership have become more common. In order to help position Georgia Tech as a producer of leaders who were responsible and ethically minded around the new technologies, I worked as an undergraduate intern with the newly branded Leadership Initiative. GT Startup was a pilot program from Freshmen and Sophomores to develop a keen sense of awareness in their innovative activities. The pilot included a robust leadership curriculum, Harvard Business Case studies for practical application, and a series of speakers. This curriculum became my first publication- Influence.

Donate Today to Help Ensure We are Encouraging and Developing Our Future Leaders

2010 | AIPAC Involvement

AIPAC is a lobbying group focused on strengthening the US and Israel relationship. While in college, I attended AIPAC training sessions focused on the role of foreign aid with reagrds to the interests of the United States. I travelled overseas to visit faciltiies first-hand and gained a heightened appreciation of the interconnectedness of our world. I also came to a newfound appreciation for the work that is done on behalf of immigrant communities and the very important role immigrants play in our communities. Advocating for peace and strong bonds between countries and encouraging exchange of ideas means a higher chance for impactful growth in our local communities.

Donate Today to Make Sure Our Communities are Given the Best Chance for Success and Contribution

2007 | Congratulations Yellow Jacket

Donate Today to Help Ensure Our Students have access to Higher Education

2005 | North Springs High School

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina disrupted my high school years. My parents, after learning about North Springs' magnet program in Math, Science, Arts, and Music, thought it to be the best place for me to continue my education. While at North Springs, I continued my academic courses and extra-curriculars, but my grades from Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans were inaccessible. To remedy this, the school assigned grades to me which lowered my GPA, impacting my college options.

Donate Today to Help Ensure Our Public Schools are a Part of the Equation

2019 | Transforming Ideas at Equifax

I created and lead a pilot at Equifax that focuses on empowering ideas generated from employees around the company. The pilot takes new ideas and grows them into innovative, customer-focused initiatives that benefit Equifax and its stakeholders globally. We then work with multiple teams internally to align resources for rapid prototyping and deployment. The process was inspired by working with other employees and bringing together multiple groups- technology, marketing, product management, security, legal, etc.

Donate Today to Help Empower People and Ideas from Our Community

2019 | Citizens Oversight Committee

I was appointed to the Cobb County School Board's F&T Citizens Oversight Committee, and was later elected as the Secretary of the committee. It is the primary duty of this committee to hold public meetings and ensure that the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (e-SPLOST) Notebook is balanced and aligned with the Board's voted issues. We also serve as an extension to the community, quickly escalating concerns for increased attention. It is our goal as a committee to maintain influence on the School Board's decisions as a result of direct contact with community members.

Donate Today to Help Drive Open and Honest Conversations about Our Budget

2017 | Policy Pilots and Advocacy

Throughout my time as a campaign manager, technologist, author, small business owner, and politically active youth, I developed policy ideas with the help of experts and members in the community. I am constantly searching for community partners who like to test these policies. Such efforts have yielded the Valuable Lessons (Education), ALL In (Libraries & Economic Development), and Subscription Healthcare (Healthcare Insurance) pilots. Other examples include being involved in multiple organizations (see interesting facts) and sourcing opportunities that can be brought to the Cobb County community such as the Junior Achievement Campus.

Donate Today to Help Stimulate More Opportunities to Get People Plugged in

2016 | Supporting Elected Officials Around Cobb

While working full time and operating HackOut Ninja, I wanted to continue giving back to my community. When Kwanza Hall decided to run for mayor, he wanted me on his campaign, and sent me to a training camp. Here is where I met our now District 40 House Representative Erick Allen and School Board Representative Dr. Jaha Howard. Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to serve as campaign manager for several races and work on behalf of some of our other elected officials. Relationships matter, and I look forward to working alongside their efforts in getting real stuff done.

Donate Today to Help Cobb County become a Model around the Country

2015 | HackOut Ninja- Frictionless Innovation

A few years ago, my business partner and I set out on an ambitious goal to open a business focused on democratizing mentorships and project development. It was during these years that we stumbled upon the rapidly growing hackathon market which has serves to spark innovation and connection among people and ideas. Hackathons go beyond the technical realm. Many attempt to solve major social issues with programs and businesses, education, or skill development. It was in establishing this business that we taught ourselves to code, and began slowly deploying HackOut Ninja, a software, which helps hackathon organizers and attendees in their quests for frictionless innovation. Pursuing this market has led us to support hackathons looking to curb the impacts of institutionalized racism, bridging gaps in education, retooling populations, empowering residents in gentrifying neighborhoods, and launching small businesses. Others in the works include immigration, the refugee crisis overseas, and Flint's water problem. As a young company, we are able to take advantage of many opportunities to help us grow and ensure that our company will bring a net positive to the community.

Donate Today to Help Make Cobb Small Business and Entrepreneur Friendly

Guiding Principles

I Will Always

Advocate on behalf of the marginalized and pursue the outcomes that benefit all affected parties in a given issue.

Seek to determine the motivation behind policies and initiatves to best determine a course of action.

Engage with partners in the effort to develop policies, programs, and laws.

Seek to preserve and promote the safety of our communities and champion justice for all crimes.

Commit to develop solutions that consider the future.

Be willing to listen and understand viewpoints that are different from my own.

Pursue knowledge of things to come and of things passed.

Dissiminate information for responsible transparency.

FACTS

I participated in the Miss Teen GA and Miss GA pageants.

I sing Opera and pursued a music career at one point.

I have written three books, but only one is published.

I was House Representative Erick Allen's Campaign Manager for his 2018 election.

I was School Board Member Dr. Jaha Howard's Campaign Manager for his 2018 election.

I appeared twice on the news speaking about my Hygrotheory research while in High School.

I am classified as gifted in art and music.

My brother played football for The University of Alabama

HOBBIES
  • Bowling
  • Painting
  • Playing Basketball
  • Writing Poetry
  • Reading
  • ORGANIZATIONS & POSITIONS
  • Chair, Product Hunt Atlanta
  • Member, Atlanta Tech Village
  • Member, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
  • Member, Cobb County Democrats
  • Member, GT Alumni Association
  • Member, Association of Technology Professionals
  • Mentor, TechBridge
  • Mentor, MentorJackets
  • Secretary, Young Democrats of Cobb County
  • Secretary, Cobb County School Board F&T Citizen's Oversight Committee
  • Timeline

    Jerica’s Story

    Why I am Running

    I am my grandfather's greatest dream. I am my parents' greatest hopes. I am the child of America's complex history.

    I am the daughter of two loving parents, Valerie and Willie Richardson, and I come from a long legacy of educators and trailblazers who understood sacrifice and paved the way for generations to come. My history is littered with moments of American history- Tuskegee Airmen, sharecroppers, founders of schools, desegregationists, war heroes, and subjects of the syphilis study. My ancestors were not afraid to lead and live courageously. While not always welcomed, they were diplomatic and fair purveyors of their crafts.

    In me burns that same distinct fire. It sits atop a torch that is focused on progress and finding unique ways to collaborate with others.

    When resources are scarce, you learn how to be resourceful. When they tell you it's impossible, you fight to make the impossible possible. When tragedy strikes, you learn empathy- that injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. When systemic issues arise, you learn that that inequity is the slippery slope to bondage, and freedom is bought with love. When corruption rears its head, you learn that representation is not about power, but empowerment. When criticism is aimed at you, you learn that servant leadership is about being all that you are, doing all that you can, with all that you know for all who you can.

    I stand on the laurels of the character developed over generations in my family. So when I see something, I say something.

    Today, I see the community is left out of the equation. Today I see a disconnected community. However, I also see that Cobb County is equipped with unique diversity, and we should be the example of everything good coming out of Georgia.

    I know I am my grandfather's greatest dream. Now, I am seeking to represent our community, and I intend to hold and propel your dreams of safety, stability, and significance.

    I am running to connect us where it matters. I am running to be your seat at the table.


    Technology and Activism
    2019 | Transforming Ideas at Equifax

    I created and lead a pilot at Equifax that focuses on empowering ideas generated from employees around the company. The pilot takes new ideas and grows them into innovative, customer-focused initiatives that benefit Equifax and its stakeholders globally. We then work with multiple teams internally to align resources for rapid prototyping and deployment. The process was inspired by working with other employees and bringing together multiple groups- technology, marketing, product management, security, legal, etc.

    Donate Today to Help Empower People and Ideas from Our Community


    2019 | Citizens Oversight Committee

    I was appointed to the Cobb County School Board's F&T Citizens Oversight Committee, and was later elected as the Secretary of the committee. It is the primary duty of this committee to hold public meetings and ensure that the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (e-SPLOST) Notebook is balanced and aligned with the Board's voted issues. We also serve as an extension to the community, quickly escalating concerns for increased attention. It is our goal as a committee to maintain influence on the School Board's decisions as a result of direct contact with community members.

    Donate Today to Help Drive Open and Honest Conversations about Our Budget


    2017 | Policy Pilots and Advocacy

    Throughout my time as a campaign manager, technologist, author, small business owner, and politically active youth, I developed policy ideas with the help of experts and members in the community. I am constantly searching for community partners who like to test these policies. Such efforts have yielded the Valuable Lessons (Education), ALL In (Libraries & Economic Development), and Subscription Healthcare (Healthcare Insurance) pilots. Other examples include being involved in multiple organizations (see interesting facts) and sourcing opportunities that can be brought to the Cobb County community such as the Junior Achievement Campus.

    Donate Today to Help Stimulate More Opportunities to Get People Plugged in


    2016 | Supporting Elected Officials Around Cobb

    While working full time and operating HackOut Ninja, I wanted to continue giving back to my community. When Kwanza Hall decided to run for mayor, he wanted me on his campaign, and sent me to a training camp. Here is where I met our now District 40 House Representative Erick Allen and School Board Representative Dr. Jaha Howard. Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to serve as campaign manager for several races and work on behalf of some of our other elected officials. Relationships matter, and I look forward to working alongside their efforts in getting real stuff done.

    Donate Today to Help Cobb County become a Model around the Country


    2015 | HackOut Ninja- Frictionless Innovation

    A few years ago, my business partner and I set out on an ambitious goal to open a business focused on democratizing mentorships and project development. It was during these years that we stumbled upon the rapidly growing hackathon market which has serves to spark innovation and connection among people and ideas. Hackathons go beyond the technical realm. Many attempt to solve major social issues with programs and businesses, education, or skill development. It was in establishing this business that we taught ourselves to code, and began slowly deploying HackOut Ninja, a software, which helps hackathon organizers and attendees in their quests for frictionless innovation. Pursuing this market has led us to support hackathons looking to curb the impacts of institutionalized racism, bridging gaps in education, retooling populations, empowering residents in gentrifying neighborhoods, and launching small businesses. Others in the works include immigration, the refugee crisis overseas, and Flint's water problem. As a young company, we are able to take advantage of many opportunities to help us grow and ensure that our company will bring a net positive to the community.

    Donate Today to Help Make Cobb Small Business and Entrepreneur Friendly


    Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
    2012 | GT Alum Biomedical Engineering/Pre Med and Public Policy

    I graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Biomedical Engineering with a Pre-Med focus, and a certificate in Pre-Law. I entered into the private sector working for a mid-size company that developed software for law-firms named Aderant.

    Donate Today to Make Sure there are Jobs Ready for Our Graduates


    2011 | Created GT Leadership Initiative Pilot (Tech Leaders)

    While at Georgia Tech, it was evident that new wave of leadership would come from the Technology sector. This has shown to be true as questions about genomics, privacy, and personal data ownership have become more common. In order to help position Georgia Tech as a producer of leaders who were responsible and ethically minded around the new technologies, I worked as an undergraduate intern with the newly branded Leadership Initiative. GT Startup was a pilot program from Freshmen and Sophomores to develop a keen sense of awareness in their innovative activities. The pilot included a robust leadership curriculum, Harvard Business Case studies for practical application, and a series of speakers. This curriculum became my first publication- Influence.

    Donate Today to Help Ensure We are Encouraging and Developing Our Future Leaders


    2010 | AIPAC Involvement

    AIPAC is a lobbying group focused on strengthening the US and Israel relationship. While in college, I attended AIPAC training sessions focused on the role of foreign aid with reagrds to the interests of the United States. I travelled overseas to visit faciltiies first-hand and gained a heightened appreciation of the interconnectedness of our world. I also came to a newfound appreciation for the work that is done on behalf of immigrant communities and the very important role immigrants play in our communities. Advocating for peace and strong bonds between countries and encouraging exchange of ideas means a higher chance for impactful growth in our local communities.

    Donate Today to Make Sure Our Communities are Given the Best Chance for Success and Contribution


    2007 | Congratulations Yellow Jacket

    Donate Today to Help Ensure Our Students have access to Higher Education


    2005 | North Springs High School

    The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina disrupted my high school years. My parents, after learning about North Springs' magnet program in Math, Science, Arts, and Music, thought it to be the best place for me to continue my education. While at North Springs, I continued my academic courses and extra-curriculars, but my grades from Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans were inaccessible. To remedy this, the school assigned grades to me lowering my GPA, impacting my college options.

    Donate Today to Help Ensure Our Public Schools are a Part of the Equation


    Born in New Orleans
    2005 | Global Warming Theory & Hurricane Katrina

    Leading up to Hurricane Katrina, I had been a junior in high school and fascinated by the weather. I had developed a theory indicating that the potency of severe thunderstorms and hurricanes could be decreased by utilizing a naturally occurring process. In pursuing further research, I was given a segment on the local news discussing the research both in New Orleans and later Atlanta. I was also contacted by a local congressional representative to extend research facilities and faculty at Tulane to continue my work. Four days after that conversation, I was a displaced "refugee" in Atlanta by way of Hurricane Katrina.

    Donate Today to Help Curb the Impact of Climate Change


    2003 | Benjamin Franklin High School

    1993 | North Carolina and Georgia

    1989 | Charity Hospital in New Orleans

    Donate Today to Help Make Access to Public Health a Priority


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