Gerald Richards


Gerald is the former CEO of 826 National where he oversaw the strategic direction, administration and building of resources for affiliate organizations of 826 National. He is currently the founder of Black Unicorn Consultants, which supports diversity in nonprofits by providing executive coaching and consulting to leaders of color, hoping to build the pipeline of staff that are doing the work of helping our communities #DoMoreGood. With more than twenty years of management and development experience at national nonprofit organizations, Gerald is a respected trainer and sought after speaker on topics of youth writing and creativity, and education access. He has also served as an education expert for national marketing campaigns promoting creativity in and outside the classroom. Gerald is also the winner of the 2016 NewsCorp Community Hero Award and a new fellow in the Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellowship. Gerald has a BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.