D.L. Richardson is a longtime educator and currently serves as the Southern Oregon Black and African American Student Success Specialist with the Southern Oregon Education Service District. Based in Ashland, he also serves as a leader with the Black Southern Oregon Alliance, a community-based organization that connects, celebrates, and advocates for the Black community in Southern Oregon. Originally from Selma, Alabama, Richardson’s recent leadership includes service with the Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency, the Oregon African American/Black Student Success Advisory Committee, the Oregon Racial Justice Council’s Education Recovery Committee, and the Jackson County United Way Board of Directors.
“To move Oregon forward for kids and families, we have to not only change systems, but change the systemic mindsets that have been put in place," said Richardson. “I’m excited to join the FBO Board, where the outlook is not just what we can do, but what we are going to do. Our shared work is more than an opportunity—it’s a mandate.”