Rashaad Abdur-Rahman’s personal mission statement is to work boldly to achieve racial and social justice. He believes deeply in the power of community and that in order to foster the equitable and transformative society that we all deserve; we must work tirelessly to secure racial, economic, and social justice. Rashaad has worked in the field of child and family mental health services in various roles as a direct care counselor, case manager, therapist, consultant, trainer, supervisor, and program administrator.

Rashaad is the Founder and CEO of the Racial Healing Project, a company dedicated to helping groups, businesses, and organizations develop comprehensive processes and infrastructure to integrate an anti-racist paradigm that is results driven. The Racial Healing Project provides training, organizational change management, and strategic planning to cross sector organizations (government, philanthropy, non-profit, private, etc.) nationally. He has served as the Director of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods in Louisville, KY and currently works at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as an Executive Advisor. He has been an adjunct professor at Spalding University, and guest lecturer at Berea College, Western Governors University, University of Louisville, and the University of Kentucky. He serves as co-chair of the Metro United Way Black L.O.V.E Philanthropic Partnership.

Rashaad’s consulting experience includes:

  • Working with organizations to leverage research-based organizational change methods to operationalize anti-racist, anti-white supremacist paradigms.
  • Conducting organizational assessments, developing communication strategies, project management, training, and action planning.
  • Engagement with multiple sectors including education, government, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations.
  • Leadership support and development to help navigate the challenges of difficult and necessary organizational shifts for equity.

Other recent successful projects:

  • Trained a city government agency on the historic context of race and racism in the United States.
  • Developed an organizational change framework for a Montessori school in the process of adopting anti-racism principles.
  • Conducted a comprehensive organizational assessment for a large nonprofit serving children and families.
  • Convening communities of practice comprised of organizations committed to racial equity within their institutions.


Rashaad has completed executive training in leadership at Harvard’s Cross-Sector Partnerships course, the National Council for Behavioral Health clinical models including EMDR, TF-CBT, Seven Challenges, Trauma Informed Care, and Motivational Interviewing. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Berea College, and his Masters in Science and Social Work from the University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work in 2008. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Social Work at Spalding University.