Whitley Richards, Director, BoardLead

Whitley Richards is the Director, BoardLead with Cause Strategy Partners. She has offered strategic counsel and advice to scores of nonprofits in New York City and Chicago, including facilitating the placement of more than 100 professionals on nonprofit governing board. 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. She was a recipient of the prestigious Dean Ellen Schall Fellowship, a distinction that is given to promising public service leaders. As Vice President of the Black Student Association, Whitley worked in partnership with community and student organizations to create safe spaces for dialogue around our community’s most pressing social challenges. Whitley earned a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Whitley’s causes: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the social good sector.

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