Theresa Richardson

Elected Experience

City Council 2021; Mayor Pro Tem 2022

Other Professional Experience

Habitat for Humanity, CEO 2004-2012; 2017-2019; Development Solutions, owner 1996-2004; Liberty Christian School, Development Director 1993-1996; Washington State University, writing lab instructor 1992; Turner Broadcasting, foreign correspondent 1991.


Washington State University, BA English/Business 1992, Cum laude – commencement speaker.

Community Service and Engagement

Council liaison: Port of Benton, Code Enforcement, Police Pension Board, Firefighter Pension Board, Hanford Economic Advisory, SWAC, Tri-City Visitors, Park & Recreation, Economic Development Council. Community Boards/Volunteer: CASA Guardian Ad Litem; Boys & Girls Club; Regional Chamber of Commerce; Tri City Pregnancy Network; Union Gospel Mission; Three Rivers Community Foundation; New Heights Church.


In Theresa’s first term as city Councilmember and most recently as mayor pro tem, her professional background, leadership, and collaborative style encouraged business development and employment opportunity.

Richland is on the cusp of several exciting commercial projects. In her next term, she will continue to spotlight the need for workforce homeownership and encourage our city to be investment friendly. An additional focus will be securing high tech manufacturing jobs as the regional energy hub.

To keep our community safe, Theresa is honored to fully support our police and first responders to find solutions to protect our quality of life.

Theresa knows that it is a great privilege to work alongside so many talented, diverse and innovative community leaders. With full collaboration, Richland can successfully implement common-sense fiscal policy, forge private-public partnerships, and grow enduring business relationships to benefit our citizens.

Married 47 years, Theresa and David have profound appreciation for this community. Together they raised three sons with an abundance of hometown memories. Today, all their families and grandchildren call Richland home.

Theresa is motivated to continue to work hard and make sure Richland is ready to thrive for the next generation.

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Reported raised $12,400 from 47+ unique donors. ($0 in cash, $0 in kind)

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