Antoine B. Richards

Chief of Staff

Antoine B. Richards serves as the Chief of Staff for the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management. Richards’s experience includes nearly a decade of work in the healthcare and emergency management sectors including public health, community outreach, public affairs, DEI, and research.

He is a Doctor of Science (DSc) Candidate in Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University where his research interests include the intersection of public health and Emergency Management, social vulnerability/social determinants of health, community resilience, community capacity building and sustainability. Additionally, he is a former Advisory Board member of the Georgia Trauma Foundation and currently Co-Leads the Diversity, Equity, and Racial Inclusion Initiative for the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP).

A native Atlantan, Richards relocated to Tampa in 2019 and was inducted into the Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay in 2020 where he now serves as the 2021 Inclusion Group Co-Chair. Richards received his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Morehouse School of Medicine and his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University. He is a former Dr. Bill Jenkins Achievement Award recipient for exceptional academic achievement and volunteer experience in public health and strives to leverage his knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve outcomes of vulnerable populations through servant leadership.