Yolonda C. Richardson is currently the Executive Vice President of Global Programs for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, where she oversees the Campaign’s international program focused on reducing global tobacco consumption in middle and low income countries. A key partner under the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, the Campaign supports the efforts of countries to implement effective tobacco control policies that are consistent with global standards and best practices. Prior to joining the Campaign, Ms. Richardson served as the President and Founder of Richardson Consulting, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Special Counsel for the African Development Foundation, Senior Vice President of Africare, and ten years at the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Ms. Richardson is a recognized expert on gender and international development, global health, U.S. philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility. She speaks and lectures regularly on international development issues and has appeared as an expert source in top media outlets. She has served on the boards of several national and international organizations. Having practiced as a corporate attorney at the Wall Street law firm, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Ms. Richardson continues to be a member of the New York Bar. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Richardson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from Yale University School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Dillard University in New Orleans.