Betsy Theobald Richards directs The Opportunity Agenda's Creative Strategies and Public Programs. She brings over two decades of experience in philanthropy, theater, museums, arts education, media, and community advocacy to her role. Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Betsy spent over seven years as a Program Officer in Media, Arts, and Culture at the Ford Foundation overseeing a national portfolio on indigenous and place-based arts organizations and cultural communities. Previously, she served as the inaugural Director of Public Programs for the Pequot Museum, the country's largest Native American museum and research center. In addition, she has run two theater companies and directed on stages in New York, Los Angeles and Canada.
Betsy is on the Board of The New England Foundation for the Arts and is a member of the National Leadership Council for the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She is a graduate of New York University and the Yale School of Drama, and is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.