Gerald Richards is the Chief Executive Officer of 826 National. With 20 years of management and development experience at national nonprofit organizations, including the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship where he served as the Executive Director of the Bay Area office, Gerald is a respected trainer and sought after speaker on topics of youth and education access. He is interviewed regularly on these topics and has appeared on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s 360, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show, as well as in publications including The San Francisco Examiner and Inc. Magazine. In 2008, Gerald was named one of 101 African-American Champions for Youth in the Bay Area. His nonprofit career also includes positions with the United Negro College Fund; University of California, San Francisco; the J. David Gladstone Institutes; Chicago Panel on Social Policy; and The Cradle Foundation. He has a BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.