Elected to the Mesa City Council in June of 2008 and
re-elected in August of 2012,
Dave Richins serves as the councilmember for District 1.
His term on the Mesa City Council runs through 2016.
Richins is the Sun Corridor Legacy Program Director
at the Sonoran Institute managing on the ground
conservation proposals and research as well as the
Institute's Public Policy work.
Councilmember Richins is currently serving his third
term on the National League of Cities Community and
Economic Development steering committee. He is Chair of
the Council Community and Cultural Development committee and
serves on the Council Economic Development committee and
the Council Government Affairs committee as well as Chair of the City of
Mesa Employee Benefits Advisory committee. He also
serves on the Advisory Board of Smart Growth
America's Local Leaders Council and sits on the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's Local Government
On a regional level, Councilmember Richins is the
Chairperson of the Arizona Municipal Water Users
Association, serves as a member of the Legislative
Committee on Salinity, he is a member of the Arizona
Regional Medical Center Community Advisory Board and is
one of the Council representatives to the West Mesa
Community Development Corporation (ex Officio). He is an
Arizona Power Plant and Line Sitting Commission member
and has served as the Honorary Government Chair for the
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) Walk for
Food Allergy for the last two years.
Prior to his work with Sonoran Institute, Richins was
the Executive Director and Founder of the West Mesa
Community Development Corporation, where he worked with
neighbors, community leaders, business leaders, and
other stakeholders to revitalize Northwest Mesa.
Richins earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in
Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College.
He has his professional certificate in Affordable
Housing Development and was a member of the Class of
2005 in the Mesa Leadership, Training and Development