Dr. Talmesha Richards serves as the Chief Academic and Diversity Officer at STEMconnector, managing a portfolio of projects including the STEM Higher Education Council and the global strategy for Million Women Mentors. Prior to joining STEMconnector, Dr. Richards advocated for the National Girls Collaborative Project, engaging stakeholders and representing national leadership. She has also written for Teach for America’s Pass the Chalk Blog and various STEM campaigns featured in publications such as USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Dr. Talmesha Richards is a vibrant scientist, who earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She spent her undergraduate career at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as a Meyerhoff Scholar, where she double majored in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics.
Dr. Richards is a firm believer in nurturing both her academic and artistic sides. She danced as a National Football League Cheerleader for 8 years. Her cheerleading career allowed her to combine her various passions: community service, dancing and science. Dr. Richards utilized her cheerleading career as a platform to promote STEM Education through mentoring as a Science Cheerleader. Because she had many mentors throughout her life who encouraged her to persist through her STEM coursework, she embraces the opportunity to do the same. As a Science Cheerleader, she shares her personal story to challenge stereotypes and encourage youth to pursue STEM careers. Dr. Richards’ work has been featured on local and national television programs including the Today Show.
In 2017, Dr. Richards received the Global Diversity Leadership Award at the World HRD Congress presented in Mumbai, India. Her professional memberships include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Dr. Richards’ continued service to the community has fostered her desire to be an avid STEM advocate within and outside of STEMconnector. She believes that being an advocate assists in bringing positive change in people’s lives on a local, national, and international level, and is excited about being a catalyst in that process.