David Richardson is a lifelong activist for social, environmental and economic justice. As a California resident for almost 40 years, David's interest in water and water issues has led him to a position of leadership representing Berkeley, Albany, Kensington El Cerrito, Emeryville, and the Rockridge district in Oakland on the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of POWER (Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform).

His interest in people and the world around him are the creative catalyst for his work as a photographer, an avocation he pursues with his wife, Eliza Linley, at home and in their travels.

David's background in union leadership (president of his AFSCME local for 6 years) and the environmental movement (founding director of the South County Ecology Center in Castro Valley, CA in the early 1970's) have formed his active commitment to issues of labor and the environment. He spent part of 1964 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he helped with voter rights registration. His concern for social justice has led him to keep an extensive file of current articles of interest to the progressive community. You may request to be added to his daily distribution list at oakport@igc.org

David is a frequent traveler to developing nations. Recent trips include joining delegations of the Plowshares Institute in China (2004) and Indonesia (2005). In 2006, he and Eliza will co-lead a trip to Mexico City and Cuernavaca to study issues of poverty, social/economic justice and liberation theology in Latin America with the Guadalupana Missionary Sisters.

Other passions include Yosemite at any time of the year, the opera, and cooking great food for friends.