Maranda Witherspoon Richardson, MPPA
Maranda Witherspoon Richardson, MPPA, is principal and CEO of MWR consulting. Mrs. Witherspoon Richardson earned her master of public policy with a concentration on nonprofit management and leadership from the University of Missouri St. Louis and a bachelor of science in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University. Mrs. Witherspoon Richardson brings over a decade of experience working in the social service, philanthropic, and community health field.
Notable organizations that Mrs. Witherspoon Richardson has worked with over the years include Missouri Foundation for Health, Washington University, Webster University, Missouri Baptist University, City of St. Louis Department of Health, Lindenwood University, United way of greater St. Louis, and Old North St. Louis Restoration Group. Mrs. Witherspoon Richardson brings years of experience in community health, grant-making, community engagement, facilitation, technical assistance, project management, project implementation, and smart funds allocation.
Mrs. Witherspoon Richardson recommended and managed approximately $4.5 million to support policy related work and projects to improve the health of Missourians at a St. Louis-based health foundation. She continues to foster and facilitate relationships and conversations with stakeholders and provides technical assistance to help strengthen nonprofits in the region.
Throughout her career, Mrs. Witherspoon Richardson has worked to improve the community she serves. She is a published author, an adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University and Webster University, which are both located in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently she is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), and a Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth (PLACES) alum. PLACES is designed as a year-long fellowship program that offers tools, knowledge, and best practices to enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The PLACES fellowship experience afforded Mrs. Witherspoon Richardson the opportunity to build skills and resources to strengthen and improve underserved communities. She has since began providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training and curriculum development to organizations.