Board Trustee - Place 1 Profile
Ms. Richards was elected in May 2017 to serve her third term on the school board. She served as board president during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. She is currently serving as the chief executive officer of VolunteerNow, a nonprofit which is based in Dallas and serves all of North Texas. Ms. Richards formerly served as associate dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, and she has held executive positions at Texas Instruments, including vice president of marketing and customer service for the educational technology business. Ms. Richards is a Texas registered professional engineer.
Throughout her career, Ms. Richards has worked with a number of local, state and national educational organizations, including the Texas Education Agency, the Texas State Board of Education, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Business Education Coalition, the Texas High School Project, the Texas Workforce Commission, the National Council Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association.
Ms. Richards received her bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University (summa cum laude) and a master of business administration degree from Harvard University. Ms. Richards and her family have lived in Plano for twenty-nine years. She and her husband Mike Douglass have two children. Their daughter is a Plano West and Texas A&M graduate, and their son is a recent Plano West graduate and a student at Texas A&M.