Whitley Richards, Director, BoardLead

Whitley Richards is the Director of BoardLead with Cause Strategy Partners. She has offered strategic counsel and advice to scores of nonprofits around the country including facilitating the placement of more than 900 professionals onto nonprofit governing boards. Additionally, Whitley has provided consulting services to a number of Fortune 500 companies and professional services firms around the country. Through Cause Strategy Partners’ Concierge Board Placement services, Whitley has led engagements placing C-Suite and senior executives on Boards of Directors in New York City, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. Whitley has designed, built, and led an initiative focused on strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion in nonprofit governance and among nonprofit staff teams.

Prior to joining Cause Strategy Partners, Whitley worked in public and private education, both domestically and abroad. Her career has focused on the intersection of the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

Whitley completed her M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University in 2018. During her time at Wagner, she focused on Public and Nonprofit Management with a concentration on International Policy and Management. Whitley earned a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.