James Richardson

Photo of James Richardson
Assistant to the Administrator

James "Jim" Richardson is the Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) and is concurrently serving as the Coordinator of USAID’s Transformation Task Team, where he is leading the Agency’s historic reorganization.

Mr. Richardson has nearly 20 years of government and the private sector experience. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, he was Chief of Staff for then-Congressman Mike Pompeo (KS-04)—overseeing Pompeo’s offices in Washington, DC and in Wichita, Kansas, as well as the campaign organization. Throughout his years in Washington, Mr. Richardson has spearheaded numerous complex operations and developed an extensive background in public policy and the legislative process.

Prior to leading Congressman Pompeo’s staff, Mr. Richardson worked with the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for Congressman Todd Tiahrt (KS-04), the House Armed Services Committee for Congressman Jim Ryun (KS-02), and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Senator John Ashcroft (R-MO). He started his government career with Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO). In addition to his direct Capitol Hill experience, Mr. Richardson was a Senior Associate for Collins & Company, where he specialized in legislative strategy and federal government appropriations for universities and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Richardson holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Government from Evangel University and a Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University. He is also a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).

Last updated: July 31, 2018

Share This Page