Champions of Change
Stanley Richards serves the Senior Vice President at The Fortune Society, a non-profit organization based in New York City, NY with a mission to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration. He is a formerly incarcerated man of color with over 23 years of experience in the criminal justice field. In 1991, he was hired as a counselor by The Fortune Society. He steadily worked his way up, becoming manager of career development and deputy executive director. He developed Fortune's original Drop-In Center in Queens Plaza to help released inmates dropped off from Rikers Island, often in the middle of the night. He currently oversees all of Fortune’s housing programs and has developed a wide range of skills and experience in implementing supportive reentry programs for people being released from prison, particularly in the areas of employment, education, housing, and health services.