Keri Richmond spent 4 years in Ohio's foster care system.

Keri was only a couple days old when she entered the foster care system. At the age of two she was reunified with her biological father, but unfortunately was placed back into care due to various abuse. Around her fifth birthday she was adopted but the adoption was unsuccessful and years later she finally found some permanence with a friend's family. They helped her apply for loans and prepare for college. Currently, Keri goes to Kent State University and is pursuing a degree in Public Relations. During her four years at Kent State, she has held a number over 12 leadership positions. Currently, she serves as the Director of Governmental affairs. Keri is also a part of a women's fraternity, Delta Gamma and just finished up her term as the Director of Internal Philanthropy.

In college, Keri has found a voice to advocate for others using her experience in foster care. Her advocacy has taken her to Capitol Hill numerous times where she interned with a U.S. Senator and presented at a briefing in front of Members of Congress and in front of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Recently, Keri gave a TEDx talk on the issues of foster care. It can be viewed here (link is external).

Keri will continue to advocate for others no matter the role she is in. Her dreams and plans include one- day: writing and publish her own book, attending Law School, working on Capitol Hill, and starting a non-profit. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, writing and spending time with friends. Keri is an active leader and will continue to seize any opportunity to continue advocating for others.

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2017 Outstanding Young Leaders