McKenzie Richardson

Senior Associate, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids/Mission: Readiness, California

McKenzie Richardson joined Council for a Strong America’s California Team in July 2022 as a Senior Associate for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and Mission: Readiness. Prior to joining CSA, McKenzie worked in think tanks in Washington, D.C. and nonprofits and higher education in San Diego. Her policy experience includes international relations, national security, and early childhood education.

McKenzie earned a Master of Public Policy with a dual concentration in Peace and Security and Program Design and Evaluation from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego in 2022. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Public Policy, and a Minor in Business from UC San Diego.

While a San Diego native at heart, McKenzie grew up traveling the world with her family. Her father is a retired U.S. Army Colonel who was stationed overseas in Germany and the Netherlands. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, practicing yoga, and staying active.