Munro Richardson is Executive Director of Read Charlotte, a community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners with the goal of improving third-grade reading proficiency in Mecklenburg County to 80% by 2025. In this role, he is responsible for using research, data and strategic funding to coordinate, integrate and align the efforts of dozens of organizations across Charlotte-Mecklenburg to improve children’s language and literacy development from birth through third grade.
Munro has worked in philanthropy for most of the past 20 years. Read Charlotte is his fifth startup venture. He has received local and national recognition for his efforts at Read Charlotte. Munro holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors, master’s degrees from both Harvard University (where he was a Mellon Fellow) and Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He is co-author with Samantha Cleaver of Read with Me: Engaging Your Young Child in Active Reading, published by Rowman & Littlefield in November 2018.
Munro is married to his high school sweetheart, Teresa, and has three daughters who attend UNC Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.