Margaret Richardson

Vice President of Trust

Margaret Richardson is the Vice President of Trust at Airbnb and serves as a member of the company’s executive team. In this capacity, Margaret leads the global team responsible for developing the products and policies — including identity and reputation work, online and offline safety and fraud prevention, and global law enforcement partnerships — to ensure Airbnb is one of the most trusted communities in the world. Margaret previously oversaw Airbnb’s global policy team, working to develop and implement innovative, forward-thinking solutions to complex policy challenges while collaborating with communities and governments around the world.

Before joining Airbnb in 2016, Margaret served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. where, among many other things, she managed the design and implementation of the Smart on Crime criminal justice reform work. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Justice in 2009, Richardson served as the founding director of the Clean Slate Practice focused on supporting the legal rights of people with criminal records at the East Bay Community Law Center, a clinic of Berkeley Law School between 2005-2008.

Margaret lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and three children, and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia, an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

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