National Center for Civil and Human Rights Names Deborah Richardson Executive Vice President

Dec 03, 2010, 09:00 ET from National Center for Civil and Human Rights

ATLANTA, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) welcomes Atlanta native Deborah Richardson's return as Executive Vice President leading fundraising and program development.

Richardson recently was Chief Program Officer of the Women's Funding Network (WFN) in San Francisco. She has served as a successful senior executive for more than 30 years for notable organizations, including the National Black Arts Festival, Fulton County Juvenile Justice Fund and the Atlanta Women's Foundation.

"2011 will be the Center's most important year to date and I am pleased to welcome Deborah Richardson to the team. Her background and talent are unmatched, and we are fortunate to have her expertise as we build momentum toward groundbreaking," said NCCHR CEO Doug Shipman.

Active in national efforts to foster inclusive philanthropy and combat human rights violations like child sexual exploitation, Richardson serves on the Executive Committee for the D5 Coalition, an initiative among funders to increase diversity and equity in philanthropy. In September, she testified before the House Judiciary Committee on domestic minor sex trafficking and has been instrumental in creating partnerships to end human trafficking on websites.

Richardson said of her motivations to return to Atlanta for this role, "We see human rights in peril all around us though we live in a time of unprecedented access to tools to stand up for each other. Now is the time to build the Center's programs and facility. Working with local, national and international supporters, we will create an amazing asset for justice and humanity."

NCCHR Board Co-Chair The Honorable Shirley Franklin said, "Deborah Richardson will be a great asset to the Center's staff at a crucial moment in our development.  Her combination of experience and passion are invaluable. I welcome her back to Atlanta and am so glad she chose to join us."


The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will display The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection (King Papers), the award-winning Without Sanctuary lynching exhibit and serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue, attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. Located in Downtown Atlanta at Pemberton Place and equipped with broadcast and event space, the Center will host civil and human rights conversations among scholars, organizations and the public. For more information visit

SOURCE National Center for Civil and Human Rights