The Honorable William B. Richardson
Santa Fe, NM
Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public-service career for over 30 years as a U.S. Congressman (1982–1996), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1997–1998), Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton (1998–2000), and Governor of the State of New Mexico (2003–2011). As a diplomat and special envoy, Mr. Richardson has received four Nobel Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, and the Sudan.
Since entering life as a private citizen, he has authored three books, including How to Sweet-Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator (2013). Mr. Richardson sits on several nonprofit boards, including the World Resources Institute, Refugees International, and the National Council for Science and the Environment. In addition, he serves on numerous for-profit boards, primarily in the renewable energy space, such as Abengoa International. Mr. Richardson has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Barbara, for over 45 years. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts in 1970 and a master’s degree from Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1971.