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Board Member Richardson

richardsonBoard Trustee - Lorenzo Richardson

Lorenzo Richardson was born and raised in Jersey City in the Montgomery Gardens Housing Projects where he learned early on that the key to success is a good education and to use that education to help others.
He attended PS 9 Kennedy School, graduated 3rd in his Class at James J. Ferris High School, and was voted Most Likely to Succeed and Best All-Around Student. He earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Accounting from Saint Peter's College (now Saint Peter's University) and was active in student government and the community during his studies. Mr. Richardson is currently an Accounting Manager with over 30 years of Accounting experience and is a member of several professional organizations.
Since college, he has and continues to mentor youth, serve in his church and community, teach Financial and Technology Literacy and promote Basic Literacy through book distributions for low-income children. His passion and advocacy for equitable education has also spanned 30 years on the local, state, and national levels beginning with Special Education.His success by God’s grace compels him to challenge the Jersey City Board of Education to always do the right thing for our children.
Mr. Richardson clearly understands that Education is the key to rise from poverty and ignorance and shows you the path to your purpose.
In the past 8 years, Mr. Richardson has served on the following committees: Student Equity, Personnel, Finance, Facilities, Legal, Technology, Community Outreach, RFP, Legislative, School Funding, Health, Wellness and Nutrition, Transportation, Safety & Security; Sports, Arts, Conference and Student Exchange Committees, and was very involved with the Return to Local Control Committee and addressing the unprecedented funding challenges for the district.  He is a very active NJ School Boards Association Certified and Master Board Member with a massive depth of training and he keeps up on all things that affect Public Education.  He is also active with Advocacy and Equity with NJSBA and the National School Boards Association bringing back information and resources that have not only assisted with our students' learning and closing equity gaps, but saved the district millions of dollars.  
Trustee Richardson also advocated for the PS26 family to move out of the old PS31 months ahead of schedule into their new home and for the Amistad Curriculum to be included in the NJ QSAC in collaboration with the NJ School Boards Association and the NJ Association of Black Educators.  After being elected in 2014, he also spearheaded the Board's advocacy in early 2015 for significant resources to support ESL and ELL Students who were underserved which resulted in a half million dollars in new resources, materials and support.
Trustee Richardson currently continues to focus on Student Achievement, school funding, narrowing equity and opportunity gaps, Safety and Security, the implementation of the Long Range Facilities Plan and the Energy Savings Improvement Plan.with a goal of sustainability.