Public Utilities Commission, African American Chamber Salute Linda Fadeke Richardson

Commissioner Linda Richardson (center), President of the Treasure Island Development Authority with Dr. Caesar Churchwell (left), San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce Vice President and Harlan Kelly, General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Photo by Lance Burton.

By Carla Thomas The San Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce are saluting Linda Fadeke Richardson, a champion of environmental justice, education, health and community revitalization for over 25 years. “Commissioner Richardson’s efforts have made the community a better place,” said Harlan Kelly, General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, speaking at  a recent celebration for Dr. Espanola Jackson’s 80th birthday, Leadership of the African American Chamber also spoke highly of Richardson. “(She) has worked tirelessly for the community over the years,” said Boardmember Dr. Caesar Churchwell. “Linda is a community person, a hard worker – she is on her job, vocal and knowledgeable about what’s happening in this city, she’s a fighter,” he added. Richardson’s service to the African American community includes leadership roles with the Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice and  commission appointments by San Francisco mayors. “Linda has been a great asset to our chamber, and she really cares about the community she serves,” said the Chamber President Fred Jordan of FE Jordan Associates. Formerly president of the Civil Service Commission, she later joined the San Francisco Planning Commission, leading the community fight to close Hunters Point power plant in 1998. A Nigerian born community advocate,  she said, “I want any community I am a part of to be improved and become a better place – the world is a big place. So it is imperative that communities work together to benefit all and promote necessary changes.” Richardson has also served on the Human Rights Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission for the State of California. she currently serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Treasure Island Development Authority.
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