Erica Elliott Richardson

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Erica Elliott Richardson
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Occupation Director of the Office of Public Affairs
Employer Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Location Washington, D.C.

Erica Elliott Richardson is director of the Office of Public Affairs (OPA) at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She was appointed to that position on June 13, 2017. She announced she would step down from the post in the summer of 2019.[1][2]


Richardson joined the CFTC from the law and lobbying firm Jochum, Shore & Trossevin PC, where she specialized in global public policy, communications and strategic advisory services. Her financial services background includes service as a senior staffer to Rep. Scott Garrett during the financial crisis and subsequent Dodd-Frank financial services reform legislative process. She also served as the communications director to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Capitol Hill during his tenure as Whip[3] and aided the House Republican Leadership team in the successful campaign to win the majority in the 2010 elections.[4]


Richardson is currently pursuing a Doctor of Law and Policy at Northeastern University in Boston. She is a graduate of Auburn University with a Master of Arts degree in political communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations.


  1. Erica Elliott Richardson, External Affairs Director, To Leave CFTC. CFTC.
  2. Erica Elliot Richardson. Jochum Shore & Trossevin PC.
  3. CFTC Acting Chairman Giancarlo Appoints Erica Elliott Richardson as Director of the Office of Public Affairs. CFTC.
  4. Erica Elliot Richardson. Jochum Shore & Trossevin PC.