Nikita Richards, an alumna of the Department of Politics and Government who ran for McLean County Clerk in 2018, gave a brown bag talk February 27 to faculty and graduate students in the department. The title of her talk was “Making Waves—With Nikita Richards.”

Richards discussed her current role with the City of Bloomington. In addition, she shared her experience of running for office and some of the challenges and rewards of pursuing an elected public office as a woman of color. Richards also reflected on the lessons she learned as a candidate.

Richards, a United States Navy veteran and a member of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s transition team, is a communication professional specializing in crisis and political communication. Richards is the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Woman In Communication award presented by the Association of Women In Communication. She ran a notable race for office from 2017 to 2018 that gained national support. She is a proud mother, the CEO of NDR Communications, and currently serves as employment coordinator for the City of Bloomington.