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 until January 2017.
Richins is the principal government affairs advisor
for Resolution Copper Mining, LLC. His duties include
communications and engaging government officials about aspects of the project for a copper mine just east of Superior, Arizona.
He is Chair of the Mesa City
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 is Board Liaison for
the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and is also one of the
Council representatives to the West Mesa Community
Development Corporation (ex Officio).
On a regional level, Councilmember
Richins is on the Board of the Arizona Municipal Water
Users Association and an Arizona Power Plant and Line
Sitting Commission member.
Nationally, Councilmember Richins
is currently serving his fourth term on the National
League of Cities Community and Economic Development
steering 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 Advisory Council.
Prior to his work with Resolution Copper Mining,
Richins was 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. He also spent time as
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