Katherine Gilmore Richardson is serving her first term as Councilmember At-Large for the City of Philadelphia. Gilmore Richardson is the youngest woman ever elected citywide and the youngest African American woman ever elected to Philadelphia City Council.

Katherine Gilmore Richardson has passed legislation that bolsters transparency and accountability in city government, requires businesses to provide information about workforce development training, cracks down on nuisance businesses, and integrates climate risk disclosure and sustainable investment decisions into the City’s Pension Fund operations.

Katherine Gilmore Richardson created Philadelphia’s first Apprenticeship Guidebook. The Guidebook includes information about for over 20 apprenticeship programs in Philadelphia. She is also focused on improving Philadelphia’s public schools. As a result of her work, the School District is now providing Tier I conflict resolution. She has also advocated for improving Career and Technical Education curricula.  

In 2021, Katherine Gilmore Richardson was appointed to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC). She is also the Vice Chair of the LGAC’s Environmental Justice Working Group.

Katherine Gilmore Richardson previously served as a staff member for Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for 11 years in roles ranging from Constituent Services to Chief of Staff. A lifelong Philadelphian, Gilmore Richardson is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls and West Chester University. She is a member of Ridge Avenue Church of God of Prophecy and a proud life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Gilmore Richardson resides in Wynnefield, where she serves as the 52nd ward chair, with her husband and three children.

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