Shandra Richardson is a program manager at The Chicago Community Trust. In this role, Richardson manages change-making activities that include the Trust’s asset-building initiatives and grant making under the Trust’s Growing Household Wealth strategy. Within this strategy, Richardson drives long-term impact by supporting entrepreneurs of color and homeownership. Most recently, she re-shaped the Trust’s housing strategy to more pointedly provide funding and collaborative support for efforts that close the Black and Latinx homeownership gap.
Prior to the Trust, she served as the managing director of development and communications for Sunshine Enterprises, a local nonprofit dedicated to community-based economic development by equipping and supporting locally based entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Sunshine, Richardson served as a reporting analyst at the Chicago Housing Authority in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Her racial equity experience includes working to promote cultural competency in organizations and in community-based collaboratives. She served as an account manager during her time with Cook Ross, a lead diversity and organizational development firm based in the DC region.
Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Northeastern University and Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from Boston University. She served as a co-chair of Elevated Chicago’s steering committee.