McKenzie Richards

McKenzie Richards

Development Associate

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McKenzie Richards is a Development Associate at Pacific Research Institute. Prior to joining PRI, she assisted in building the California branch for Freedom Foundation, a Washington based think tank, through donor outreach and legal work.


In 2014, McKenzie left home for a year and a half to serve the people of northern Argentina. While in Argentina, she learned to speak Spanish and gained teaching skills for diverse audiences. In her time there, she saw first-hand exactly how a lack of free-market principles directly affects individual lives.


McKenzie currently volunteers as a Court Appointed State Advocate (CASA) where she visits with foster children and helps ensure their needs are met through writing regular reports to the court.


She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, she served as President of the Tocqueville Society, a chapter of Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and wrote for the BYU Political Review. She also regularly edited various professor’s original work, researched court cases on religious liberty, and occasionally taught large political philosophy classes.


Additionally, McKenzie is an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Scholar. In 2017, she received the Richard and Helen DeVos Leadership Award at Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Dinner for Western Civilization.