Vernard Richberg

Vernard Richberg has been a resident of Youngstown for over two decades. In relocating to Northeast Ohio, Vernard served as a senior Air Force non-commissioned officer, in a selectively manned position in Niles, Ohio. He has since retired from military service.

Vernard currently serves on the personnel, safety and security subcommittees.

Vernard currently serves as a Business Counselor at the Youngstown Business Incubator, Ohio Minority Business Assistance Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Formerly he worked as the Director of Business and Operations at Oasis Akron (Ohio) and the Economic Opportunity manager for the Community Builders Inc. headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts at Cascade Village (Akron). Prior to the entrepreneurial launch of an internet-based digital marketing company in 2009, Vernard served as a Financial Advisor providing financial planning and wealth management services for investors at Smith Barney.


Vernard is the Executive Director of the Youngstown affiliate of the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School housed at Tabernacle Baptist Church; a summer learning and enrichment program for at-risk, urban children. Vernard was a certified IRS income tax preparer and was Site Coordinator for a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center in Akron serving low and moderate-income tax-payers. Additionally, he has served as past President, Board of Directors for Associated Neighborhood Centers (Youngstown), and has worked with the Regional Chamber of Commerce, Government Affairs committee and Minority Business Council, in addition to numerous other community and volunteer activities. Vernard has over 25 years of Board, Community, and Leadership experience.


He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, with a Business Concentration from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Police Sciences from the Air Force Community College.