Ingrid M. Richards
Award: HONORING WOMEN IN NEW YORK
Ingrid M. Richards has been a dedicated and humble public servant throughout her career. For over 15 years, Ms. Richards has not only served in multiple levels of government administration including county and local municipalities, but she also has helped to advance the causes of various nonprofit organizations within Westchester County.
Ms. Richards currently serves as the Manager of Downtown and Economic Development for the Village of Ossining. Ossining, with a population 25,000, is a stunning waterfront community with a range of housing types, from the very modest to luxurious estates, and a diversified population with an extensive racial and religious mix. Ms. Richards works diligently to maintain Ossining’s status as one of the best communities in Westchester to live in by encouraging a range of housing opportunities and promoting a vibrant downtown and retail corridor. Prior to her role in Ossining, Ms. Richards served as the village manager for Briarcliff Manor and the assistant to the administrator for Rye Brook.
Ms. Richards receives fulfillment from her work as a volunteer. She is a board member for the United Way of Westchester and Putnam and Ossining Matters, which is the education foundation for the Ossining School District. In these roles Ms. Richards leads organizations that bring volunteers, elected officials, and businesses together to provide solutions to the communities they serve. She is a past president of the Municipal Administrator’s Association, the former chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee and zoning board member for the Town of Ossining.
Ms. Richards holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Pace University. She has received the Sal J. Prezioso Award for outstanding leadership in a Master’s of Public Administration program from Pace University and is a 2007 recipient of the Business Council of Westchester’s Forty under Forty Award.
Ms. Richards lives in the Town of Ossining with her husband Kevin and two children, Harrison and Ivana Richards.