Richard Smith

United for Healing Equity Director

Richard Smith has nearly two decades of experience developing and implementing community-based programs for disadvantaged populations. He has developed reentry programs for returning citizens at both the Center for Law and Justice and Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities TASC in Albany, New York. Richard has worked with high risk youth as both a case manager and program director in New York’s Capital District and the City of Boston. 

Richard has taught criminal justice and history courses as an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Empire State College and Sage College and has guest lectured at numerous colleges and universities on issues such as racism, mass incarceration, and trauma and healing. He is presently a doctoral candidate at SUNY Albany’s School of Social Welfare. His research focus is male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Richard is currently the National Director of HealingWorks, a national learning collaborative for people working with young men of color who have been harmed by violence, and their communities. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University at Albany in Africana Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University in Sociology. He is the proud father of two sons, Kaden (4 years.) and Kaleb (5 years).

"I work at Common Justice because acts of fearless compassion are at the core of healing and social justice."