Whitley Richards, Chief Program Officer

Whitley Richards is the Chief Program Officer of Cause Strategy Partners, a consulting social enterprise specializing in nonprofit governance. She oversees all existing nonprofit board placement and training services globally and leads the development of new programs. Whitley has offered strategic counsel and advice to scores of nonprofits and individuals around the country including facilitating the placement of more than 900 professionals onto nonprofit governing boards. She has provided consulting services to a number of Fortune 500 companies and professional services firms and led engagements placing C-suite and senior executives on Boards of Directors. Whitley has designed, built and led an initiative focused on strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion in nonprofit governance and among nonprofit staff teams.

Whitley’s passion for connecting individuals to their purpose was inspired by her work in education where she began her career as an administrator and English as a Foreign Language teacher. She has spent her career since at the intersection of the public and private sectors, committed to fostering effective, equitable, and inclusive leadership.

Whitley loves cooking, baking, and anything else that brings the people in her life together. She is proud of her Trinidadian heritage.

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.