AVIS RICHARDS’s PROFILE @ Culture Unplugged


AVIS RICHARDS’s PROFILE @ Culture Unplugged


Avis Richards


I am a a graduate of the University of Maryland where I earned my B.S. degree. I pursued my post-graduate studies at George Washington University and Bank Street College of Education. I live with my husband, two children, and three dogs in New York City. 

Right now in my life, I am devoted to giving back and helping people live a happy and healthy life. I am the Founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation™, a 501(c)3 non-profit creative group that produces high-quality documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charitable organizations. I have produced and directed over 50 films, multiple websites and events. I am also the Founder of The “Ground Up Campaign™” which provides indoor academic gardens for schools throughout the nation. 

I also enjoy being on the Board of Directors for HELP USA (homes for the homeless and less fortunate), Sophie’s Voice (Spina Bifida), Bat for the Cure (prostate cancer), Earth Day Network (the environment), and the R Baby Foundation (infant mortality). I am a member of the Advisory Board of Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation (domestic violence), Cancer Schmancer (breast cancer early detection), and Mobile Movement (mobile philanthropy). in addition, I am a “Game Ball” recipient for the Boomer Esiason Foundation (Cystic Fibrosis), a Peloton Project member for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (cancer), and served as an Excalibur award member for the American Cancer Society for which I was the Gala Event Chair. 

Furthermore, I have produced a public television series entitled “LunchNYC” for NYC Media, part of the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, after the successful launch of our short documentary, LUNCH, which was sponsored in part by Earth Day Network. The film exposes unhealthy foods being served in the public school system across the country and highlights the efforts of individuals actively seeking alternatives to promote nutrition and health.