MEET Julia Richardson, VP, Supervision-Fiduciary Services at Raymond James. A Corporate Member of the FSDA.
We are speaking today with Julia Richardson, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was raised in St. Matthews, SC and most of my extended family still lives in South Carolina. I earned a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City. I worked for a few years at a non-profit in Philadelphia before attending law school at the George Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C. After law school, I moved a little closer to home and accepted a job in Charlotte, NC at K&L Gates where I began my career as an ERISA & Executive Compensation attorney. I spent a number of years at Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust focusing on institutional fiduciary issues, before joining Raymond James, in July of 2019 to spearhead the implementation of Regulation Best Interest for Raymond James. My current focus continues to be on Reg BI, but also on other fiduciary related regulatory matters that impact Raymond James.
Why is it important for Raymond James, to be a member of the FSDA?
As a financial institution based in Florida, Raymond James sees the critical importance of the FSDA as a representative body of the industry in both regulatory and legislative matters. In addition the FSDA is an organization that espouses the values Raymond James believes in with giving back to our community in various ways. This includes, but is not limited to, expanding financial literacy amongst our youth in Florida, protecting vulnerable communities against financial abuse, and working with industry peers to highlight the career opportunities available in our industry for future generations.
I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in various committees on the FSDA. The breadth and depth of expertise and knowledge both brings awareness for me and my firm, but also to our broader community. The financial industry in Florida is not only growing, but the clients and customers in need of our services is as well. The FSDA is a platform for both networking, education, and advocacy that aligns with the values and culture of Raymond James. Knowing I can impact the industry positively is gratifying to me as an industry professional. The FSDA members work for the good of both investors and the industry.
Along with being on the Executive Committee of the FSDA, I am on the board of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. I am co-chair of the Women’s Inclusion Network, along with Erin Linehan for Raymond James. I also am active in supporting the arts and cultural institutions in the local Tampa Bay area.
Julia, thanks for taking time to speak with us today.