MENTOR, the unifying champion for the mentoring movement, announced today the hiring of Lauren Love Richard as the first CEO of its Texas Affiliate. Richard, who most recently served as President & CEO of Camp Fire First Texas, brings to the role nearly two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector serving children, youth, and families. Her hiring marks the launch of MENTOR Texas, an organization which will support the mentoring field across the state.
Richard began her career working in curriculum design and training. Since then, she has held positions in the education sector and has served in leadership roles for organizations including Momentous Institute, Project Transformation North Texas, and Camp Fire First Texas. Under her leadership, Camp Fire First Texas received numerous awards for its work to help youth grow and thrive. Richard has also served on the Children’s Health Beyond ABC Advisory Committee, the Dallas City of Learning Advisory Committee, and the Early Learning Alliance’s Early Education Apprenticeship Advisory Committee.
A passionate advocate for equity, inclusivity, and coalition-building for systems change, Richard will spearhead MENTOR Texas’s efforts to advance the practice of mentoring and will forge relationships with youth-serving organizations across the state.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead MENTOR Texas as we build and grow this new Affiliate across Texas,” said Richard. “As a longtime champion of mentoring, I am excited to partner with Texas mentoring organizations to ensure that all young people across the state have access to the guidance, social capital, and opportunity they need to thrive!”
Richard lives in Dallas with her family.
MENTOR is the unifying champion for expanding the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships across the United States. More than 30 years ago, MENTOR was created to expand opportunities for young people by building a youth mentoring field and movement. The result: more than a tenfold increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships. Today, MENTOR is the expert voice representing a movement that meets young people everywhere they are – from schools, to workplaces, and beyond. MENTOR operates in collaboration with 24 local Affiliates across the country. For more information, visit mentoring.org.