A native of Washington, DC., Portia Richardson started her entrepreneurial journal as the Executive Director and Founder of Tumaini DC, Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that design and facilitate holistic Social and Emotional Learning opportunities for students and adults. A creative motivator, previous DMV Top 30 Under 30 Award recipient, Author of the 21-Day and the Tumaini Way Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Portia Richardson has a deep passion for pushing individuals and organizations to their greater purpose.

A parent of school age children and public school educator with 10 years of experience in both DC public and charter schools, Portia has witness the gaps in our education system firsthand. She strives to provide schools and districts with training and resources to implement high school social emotional learning practices through mindfulness and restorative justice. As an SEL Strategist, Portia bridges the gap between research & practice by providing evidence-based professional development and coaching services to educators & practitioners who have a vested interest in a holistic approach to teaching and learning.

Mrs. Richardson’s upbringing in Southeast, DC coupled with a temporary relocation to Beijing, China, and ongoing moments of reflection perpetuated her belief a holistic education is essential to student success. Portia is dedicated to tackling issues of trauma and educational inequity in her community through the development of Social Emotional Learning resources and opportunities for students and adults.

Portia started her post-educational career at North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and later earned a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from Drexel University and a second Master of Science degree in Special Education from George Mason University. In her spare time, Portia enjoys traveling the world, spending time with her husband & children, and attending local events.