Richard Sheward, MPP

Richard Sheward, MPP

Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships

Email: richard.sheward(at)
Tel: (518) 265-5343

Richard Sheward is the Deputy Director of Innovative Partnerships at Children’s HealthWatch. In this role, Richard leads state, local, and sector-specific (i.e. health care system delivery) policy work of Children’s HealthWatch. He works closely with Children’s HealthWatch Principal Investigators in each research site to engage in research, policy analysis, and advocacy to educate policymakers and inform policies that improve children’s health. Richard also leads the Children’s Health Watch Social Vital Signs™ Communities of Practice. He manages outside relationships and innovative partnerships with a variety of stakeholders on an ongoing basis to advance he mission of Children’s HealthWatch. In coordination with the Executive Council, Executive Director, and Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, Richard identifies Children’s HealthWatch policy priorities.

Before joining Children’s HealthWatch, he completed an Education Pioneers Fellowship at Jobs for the Future, where he contributed directly to the organization’s policy research and analysis, and supported the Vice President in scoping out organizational strategy, resource development and external relations. Richard has also focused on organizational development and fundraising as the Grants Manager for the Boston affiliate of the national youth development nonprofit, America SCORES, and as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in New York to develop the startup operations and fundraising strategy for an eco-civic environmental justice program serving urban youth.

Mr. Sheward received his BA cum laude from the University at Albany (SUNY) in English. He received his Master’s of Public Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.