Richard D. Terrell is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Minneapolis North Community High School in 2005. Richard went on to higher education and became a first-generation college student. He attended North Central University in Minneapolis and in 2011, he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications/Journalism. He continued his education by attending the University of Northwestern, St. Paul where he received a Master of Arts with an emphasis in Theological Studies in 2014. Richard has always had a passion for educating, mentoring, and inspiring young people and has done it through various Minneapolis Park and Recreational Centers, Twin Cities Boys and Girls Clubs, and partnering with local non-profit organizations.

Richard just completed his eighth year in education where he worked with schools to development programming for their students, created leadership opportunities for students, worked closely with students dealing with behavioral issues, helped teachers with classroom management and worked with families to make sure they have the resources for their child to succeed in school. For the last eight years, he worked with Loveworks Academy for Visual and Performing Arts as a Dean of Students, Battle Creek Middle School and Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School both in the Saint Paul Public School District as an Intervention Specialist and Parent Liaison.

In 2015, Richard founded an organization geared towards young men of color called, R.E.A.L Leaders (Reaching Everyone’s Achievable Limits) where he focuses on Leadership Development, Social Awareness, Self-Identity, Academic Enrichment, Financial Literacy and Service Learning through school & community programming.

Richard is also an ordained minister where he equips and empowers youth and young adults to exercise their God given gifts and talents. He has a calling to use the Word of God as an instrument and a tool for all that you in the community.

He has dedicated his life to educate, empower, encourage, and motivate individuals in his community and the world. He continues to take on larger and more challenging projects with a commitment to making the world a better place. Richard Terrell remains an exemplary model of leadership for countless numbers of people and is a true “servant of the people.”

Richard’s favorite quote is, “Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education!” from the Late Dr. King