Cy Richardson is a member of the National Urban League’s executive leadership team and has led the organization’s programs department since his appointment in 2013. As program leader, he is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of activities that create economic and social opportunities nationwide. Prior to his current role, Richardson served as vice president for Housing and Community Development where he promoted asset building and wealth creation for people of color in urban America. As a grants officer, he supported efforts to increase economic security and mobility for low-income families and close the racial wealth gap.
Before joining NUL in 2002, Richardson held various positions in state government, including researcher and policy analyst with the New York City Council, advising the New York State Legislature on economic policy, and land use planner for the Brooklyn Borough President.
Richardson has published reports and articles on a spectrum of economic issues affecting people of color and is a frequent speaker, commentator, and blogger on building sustainable wealth and intergenerational economic mobility. His research appears regularly in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other top publications. Richardson served as a director on the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, as well as the boards America Scores! and the Center for Financial Planning, among other non-profits.