Holli M. Richmond was sworn in as the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition on March 12, 2018. The President’s Council advises the President, through the Secretary, on the progress in developing a national strategy to expand participation in youth sports and to promote good nutrition for all Americans. Richmond is responsible for overseeing the administration of the programs and strategic plan of the organization.
Before coming to the President’s Council, Richmond served as an Executive Recruiter for CyberCoders, out of Irvine, California, where she was responsible for partnering technical experts in their fields with advancing technology companies that ranged from stealthy start-ups to Fortune 500s.
Richmond gained her public affairs and communications experience at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Marine Corps. She served as the deputy officer in charge for I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) Public Affairs Plans and Operations section and served as the lead public affairs effort in support of joint exercises, Fleet Week San Diego, and large training events, as well as conducted interviews with external media as a Marine Corps spokesperson.
A native of North Carolina, Richmond graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, concentrating her efforts on funded research projects: one focusing on biofuel development, and another in antibiotic and cell permeation studies. This led to a career in environmental chemistry, before her calling to join the United States Armed Forces.