“My work in the community has fostered my desire for a career in public service at the intersection of policy, advocacy, and science.”
This is part of a series of interviews with science communicators about science communication. Today we are Speaking to… Talmesha Richards
Where are you based?
I am based in Baltimore, MD. I graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. For undergrad I attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics. For the past eight years I was an NFL Cheerleader. I spent 5 years with the Washington Redskins and 3 years with the Baltimore Ravens.
Where do you work?
I currently work with the Horizon Foundation, a health and wellness non profit in Howard County, MD. I am part of their grassroots initiative to mobilize support for decreasing childhood obesity.
Why have you decided to move on?
As I reflected on my 8 years as an NFL Cheerleader, I realized how much I love interacting with people and also helping them. My work in the community has fostered my desire for a career in public service at the intersection of policy, advocacy, and science.
Why does policy interest you?
Policy interests me because it allows me to combine my love for science, health, and people.
Why is it important?
Policy is important because it is can help bring about positive change in people’s lives on a local, national and international level and I want to be a part of that process.