Kristin will be the first out Black lesbian to represent Central Harlem on the New York City Council!
Kristin Richardson Jordan (KRJ) was born in 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland to Dr. Lynne Richardson and Dr. Desmond Jordan, two minority physicians who have worked extremely hard and who have overcome great obstacles to establish successful careers while striving to serve their communities and help those underserved and underrepresented in health and science.
Growing up in Harlem, New York and the Upper West Side with frequent visits to New Jersey, Kristin attended the Calhoun School where she graduated cum laude with distinction in Social Studies, Spanish, Mathematics, Science, and Music. She then attended Brown University where she graduated class of 2009 as a double major in in Black Studies (“Africana”) and Literary Arts and was a commencement speaker for the Africana Studies department.
KRJ is now a book printing poet, teaching artist, author, and activist in the Harlem community (where her mother is from and now lives, where her great aunt lived, and where her grandparents lived – 3 generations of Harlem).
As an activist Kristin has participated in the Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street mass movements. She’s been a member of AALUSC (African Ancestrial Lesbians United for Societal Change). She is a member of Democratic Socialists of America, LT-ACT (Lenox Terrace Tenants Association), Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and United Methodist Women. In 2012 Kristin founded a cop watch team and has continued to this day to be an advocate for police accountability.