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Councilmember Richardson's Bio
In 2014, Rex Richardson was elected to the Long Beach City Council to represent the neighborhoods of North Long Beach, becoming the youngest in the City's history to have ever served in that role. Rex is founder of Richardson Engagement Group, a government affairs and civic engagement firm, where he has brought more than a decade of professional experience in government, labor, and organizing.
Prior to his election to the Long Beach City Council, Rex has spent the past four years serving the people of Long Beach's 9th Council District as Chief-of-Staff to the Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal, where he helped navigate and push through some of the 9th District's most impressive accomplishments, including the formation of the Uptown Property and Business improvement District, the Liquor Store Modernization Program, and the annual "Getting Back to Work" regional jobs summit.
Before his service as Chief of Staff, Richardson was the Political and Community Coordinator for Service Employees International Union, Local 721, a community organizer in South Los Angeles County, and a leader for numerous Democratic and community campaigns.
Rex, a mid-west native, is a longtime member of the greater Los Angeles community. He attended college and served as President of the representative student government at CSU-Dominguez Hills, and is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach and the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy Leadership Seminar at CSU-Monterey Bay in Monterey, CA.
He is the Executive Board Representative for the 64th Assembly District of the California Democratic Party, former president of the Long Beach Democratic Club, and, in his spare time, has given back by serving on numerous boards and associations, including California Pools for Hope, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Fairfield Family YMCA, and the NAACP.
Rex and his wife, Nina, are proud homeowners in the Coolidge Triangle neighborhood of Long Beach with their dogs, Rocky and Kizzy, and are expecting their first child later this year. Rex lives by the motto, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein
Empower Uptown Participatory Budgeting Project
Councilmember Rex Richardson is launching an exciting new initiative during his first year in office called participatory budgeting. This project will engage District 9 community members in deciding directly how to spend at least $250,000 of the city budget. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an innovative, democratic process that is relatively new in the U.S. In fact, the White House has already recognized PB as a best practice of civic engagement. PB gives District 9 community members real power to make real decisions over real money.
For more info, go to www.insidedistrict9.com/empoweruptown or www.pblongbeach.org and tell us how YOU would spend $250,000!
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