Anthony Richards is the director of community affairs for the governor’s office. In this role he communicates regularly with community organizations, law enforcement, nonprofits and private organizations in order to hear their views and concerns and connect people, groups and organizations to resources and information within the administration. The Office of Community Affairs staff is charged with attending and convening constituent meetings to promote dialogue around initiatives and policies from Governor Charlie Baker’s administration.
Richards’ background includes a range of mentorship and leadership experience. In a previous role he was the director of the Elm Hill Family Service Center, one of the largest neighborhood sites within Action for Boston Community Development’s citywide network.
While at ABCD, Inc. Richards created a year-round youth civic engagement program aimed at at-risk Boston youth and provided paid opportunities for them to create effective strategies to increase urban democratic participation and community engagement. In addition, he managed one of the largest SummerWorks neighborhood sites in Boston, serving 100-plus low-income youth annually. His experience also includes serving as an advisory board member at the Greater Boston YMCA Roxbury Branch.
Richards is one of the founding trustees of the Grove Hall Trust, a resident-led neighborhood foundation that puts choice and control for investing grant dollars directly in the hands of Boston’s Grove Hall community.
Before his work in the nonprofit field, Richards worked in ad pitching, design and creative marketing in Atlanta, Georgia for Firstline Creative & Media, LLC, a global full-service marketing and communication company.
Richards earned a B.A in mass communications from Clark Atlanta University. He also holds a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Moakley Center for Public Management at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.