John F. "Jeff" Richardson

MPA'81, Management

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IU Bloomington


Jeff Richardson, former vice president of the AbbVie Foundation, worked with the company from 2000 until his recent retirement in April of 2016. He oversaw programs in the areas of HIV-AIDS, hepatitis C, neglected tropical diseases and science education.

Previously Richardson served as a managing director for the Global Health Care Practice at Burson-Marsteller, a global communications and public affairs firm. Before that he was executive director at GMHC, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of HIV/AIDS services. He served under Governor Evan Bayh for four years as Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and, prior to that position, as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Human Services. He started his professional career at Eli Lilly & Company.

Richardson has been an adjunct professor at Indiana University and the City University of New York. Currently, he is a guest lecturer on global health issues at Northwestern University.

Richardson holds a BA in History, an MPA in Public Affairs Management, and a JD from Indiana University.