Faculty Biography:

David B. Richardson

David B. Richardson has been an educator and professional in the field of education and historic preservation for over 20 years. He holds three Masters Degrees in Fine Arts, Applied Arts and History/Historic Preservation and is credentialed by the State of California to teach at the elementary, secondary and college levels.

In 1991 he founded and directed the Historic Preservation Service Training Corps program for the Urban Corps of San Diego. The program developed vocational job training models in partnership with schools and museums, local, state and national parks. The program won three awards in 1993: (1) Exemplary Service and Leadership Award by the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (NASCC), (2) the 1993 Materials Conservation and Education Award from San Diego's Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) for its survey and inventory of Balboa Parks' Alcazar Garden, (3) the Work Experience Employer of the Year Award from Southwestern College. Under his direction corps members and 65 community volunteers conducted the Smithsonian Institute sponsored Save Our Sculpture inventory and condition reporting effort for San Diego County. The program was granted AmeriCorps' first Summer of Service that planned and supervised service opportunities for 100 youth volunteers.

As Assistant Regional Project Director for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps he helped develop and supervise more than 150 community service projects in seven western states. Those efforts included the San Diego Presidio Public Archeology Project which won the Governor's Historic Preservation Award for California in 1995.

Throughout his career he has focused on applying environmental education principles and the development of skills training as means to protect and conserve natural, historic and cultural resources. This focus has led to involvement in programs such as President Clinton's "Summer of Service" in 1993, President Jimmy Carter's "Habitat for Humanity" international work project in Tijuana, Mexico (building 100 homes in one week), and supervising the construction of the environmental studies campus in Puerto San Carlos, B.C.S., for The School for Field Studies (the second largest construction project in Baja California Sur in 1996).

Most recently he has been a cultural resource training consultant to the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, California and is currently working with the Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparaja A.C. of Baja California Sur in developing the Sierra Agua Verde Historic Trail project for resource conservation. David is the Northern Mexico Project Development Advisor for Consejo Nacional de Cuerpos de Conservacion Mexicanos, A.C. (Mexican Conservation Corps, National Council, Merida, Yucatan).

David holds dual nationality in Mexico and the USA. He resides in the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains near San Diego and along the Pacific coast south of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.