Vice President, Housing and Community Development
National Urban League
CY RICHARDSON is Vice President for Housing and Community Development and Senior Research Fellow at the National Urban League where he is responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs that promote asset building and wealth creation for people of color in urban America. He began his career in program evaluation and policy analysis as a researcher with the New York City Council, where he conducted surveys of residents in low-income and public housing and later authored a study identifying social capital as a critically important dynamic in New York's affordable housing strategy. Prior to joining the League, Cy was Director of Planning and Policy for the Brooklyn Borough President where he took a lead role in crafting and codifying core principles for equitable development in commercial and residential community-based revitalization plans throughout New York City's most populous county. A certified city planner, Cy earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds graduate degrees in Urban Planning and Political Science from Pratt Institute and the City University of New York's Graduate Center.