Assata-Nicole Richards is a scholar, community organizer and tireless advocate for social and economic justice in Houston. As executive director of the Sankofa Research Institute, she works with nonprofits, local leaders and funders to study opportunities for progress, communicate best practices and inform effective public policy. She is also chair of the Emancipation Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), a community-led collaborative to revitalize the historic and culturally rich African-American neighborhood of Third Ward, and an adjunct professor at the University of Houston.
Richards has a long history of leadership on critical community development issues. She has served as the vice chair of the Houston Housing Authority board of commissioners and co-chair of the housing subcommittee for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s transition team. She helped to co-found the EEDC, the Houston Housing Collaborative and the Houston Community Land Trust, and she is currently assisting with the launch of several cooperatively owned community businesses in the Third Ward.
Sankofa Research Institute, Houston
Comprehensive Community Development