Elena Richards

Elena Richards is Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for KPMG, a role in which she leads the national Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) team and works closely with the management team and board of directors to advance KPMG’s Accelerate 2025 initiative. She is an accomplished HR, talent management and diversity professional with deep knowledge of the professional services industry.

Richards previously served as a Managing Director on PricewaterhouseCoopers’s national diversity team. In that role, she worked to design and execute strategic diversity and talent management initiatives for the organization’s employees in the United States.

Richards earned her B.A. in criminal justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and is a Certified Professional Coach. She also has served as an Advisory Board Member for Howard University’s Center for Accounting Education and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ National Diversity & Pipeline Commission.