Dechelle Richardson (Chelley)


Dechelle Richardson (she/her/hers) is a Community Engagement and Training Coordinator for the HIV.E team under the EHE initiative, at the AMAAD institute. The two cohorts she oversees are the South LA and Women of Color cohorts which conducts story circle around South LA and a visibility campaign for WOC to be supported in being affected or infected by HIV. Chelley values creating and sustaining relationships with the community with a focus on education and enrichment. She has spent most of her life in the grassroots sector connecting with people door-to-door or 1 on 1 as a Jehovah’s Witness. Although she is no longer a Jehovah’s Witness, she learned how to relate to others, on any level and at any time. Additionally, she spent over 10 years working as an in-home caregiver, harnessing compassion for people even while experiencing emotional fatigue. Chelley’s love for people motivates her to be relentless in attempting to raise real capital for the community.

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