Tim Richardson is a Washington, DC based multi-client government affairs and media
consultant. After extensive political and business publishing and two congressional aide
stints, Richardson has become the nation’s only private sector consultant that has worked
on Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spill restoration. In addition, he has served
as Wildlife Forever’s Washington, DC representative since 1995.
Federal agencies where Richardson has helped clients attain successful outcomes include:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Conservation Training Center
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
U.S. Bureau of Land Management National Marine Fisheries Service
U.S. Congress National Oceanic Atmospheric Admin.
U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Council
U.S. Department of Commerce National Wildlife Refuge System
U.S. Department of Defense Natural Resource Conservation Service
U.S. Department of Interior North American Wetlands Council
U.S. Department of Justice North Pacific Fisheries Mgmt. Council
Environmental Protection Agency Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council Office of Technology Assessment
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Coast Joint Venture
U.S. Forest Service Southern Nevada Public Lands Mgmt.
General Accounting Office Authority
U.S. Geologic Survey Tahoe Regional Planning Authority
Great Lakes Regional Initiative White House Council on
Mississippi River Commission Environmental Quality
State and local agencies where Tim has obtained successful client outcomes include:
Alaska Board of Fisheries Kodiak Island Borough
Alaska Department of Fish & Game Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
Alaska Department of Law Missouri Dept. of Conservation
Alaska Department of Natural Resources Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
Alaska State Parks Department Phillips County, Arkansas
Alaska State Legislature Texas Commission on
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Environmental Quality
Arkansas State Legislature Texas General Land Office
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Land conservation promoted by Richardson on Kodiak Island set the record for “total
acreage purchased” in the 116-year history of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Tim
has helped create or expand state park units and natural areas, national forests, wildlife
refuges and coastal zones, often working in so-called “red” states under conditions of
aroused emotions and strident ideologies.
His 16 Native Alaskan corporate and tribal clients received over $300 million from
Exxon Valdez oil spill restoration funding while permanently conserving 500,000+ acres
of world class salmon rivers and coastal areas in the Gulf of Alaska. After persuading
Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski to reverse a line-item veto, Tim’s coastal rainforest
project sequestered 1.2 million tons of carbon becoming the first Alaska forest carbon
project verified and marketed.
In addition, Tim has helped pass or defeat federal natural resource legislation, worked on
the passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 and the subsequent
congressional override of President George W. Bush’s WRDA veto.
In 2012, a South Padre Island land parcel he promoted became the first Deepwater
Horizon restoration project in Texas and client projects in the Texas Chenier Plain have
been awarded the greatest amount of Texas’ share of the BP environmental settlements to
Helping design and place earned media coverage favorable to client outcomes is an
important client service. Positive coverage for Tim’s clients has appeared or aired in the
following media among other outlets:
ABC News, Anchorage Daily News, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Associated
Press, The Atlantic, Audubon, Austin American Statesman, Backpacker,
Beaumont Enterprise, Canoe & Kayak, CBS, CNN, CNN Radio, Congressional
Quarterly, CQ Roll Call, Corpus Christi Caller Times, Dallas Times Herald,
ESPN Outdoors, Field & Stream, Houston Chronicle, London Times, Los Angeles
Times, Memphis Commercial Appeal, National Geographic, National Journal,
NBC, New York Times, Newsweek, Pittsburgh Press, Reuters, Politico, Portland
Oregonian, Salt Lake Tribune, Sports Afield, Seattle Times, St. Louis Post
Dispatch, This American Land, Times Picayune, Trout, Wall Street Journal and
The Washington Post.
The National Geographic film “Giant Bears of Kodiak Island,” which Tim consulted on
aired to a combined audience of over one billion people in ninety nations and facilitated
the PBS This American Land program “Protecting the Chenier Plain.” new
Kodiak Bears & the Exxon Valdez, edited by Tim Richardson and David R. Cline,
published by Kodiak Brown Bear Trust, 1990..
“Conservation Partner” from Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service 2015
for work done on behalf of Wildlife Forever’s invasive species Threat Campaign.
“Telly Award – Bronze” 2011 honoring “outstanding local, regional, and cable television
commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work
created for the web” for “Playing Smart Against Invasive Species” with Wildlife Forever,
“Partner Award” from the U.S. Forest Service 2010 for work done on behalf of the
Wildlife Forever invasive species Threat Campaign.
“Partners in Conservation” from U.S. Department of Interior, 2009 for Southwest Alaska
Salmon Habitat Partnership for work on behalf of Wildlife Forever.
“Habitat Partner” from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2006 for Alaska
conservation work done on behalf of the American Land Conservancy
“Gold Award Technical Achievement Award Standard of Excellence” Theodore
Roosevelt Conservation Alliance video, America’s Outdoor Heritage, 2000
2013-present, Deepwater Horizon restoration consulting for Jefferson County, Texas
2006 – 2012, director of government affairs and Alaska program director, American Land
1999-2003, secured Pew Charitable Trust grant for Wildlife Forever to create the
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA). The TRCA became the Theodore
Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
1996-2003, executive director of Kodiak Brown Bear Trust
1995 – present, director of government affairs, Wildlife Forever
1995 – present, multi-client public affairs, fundraising and media relations
1990-1995 media and stakeholder outreach director for Akhiok Kaguyak, Inc. and Old
Harbor Native Corp
1990 –1995, editor of The Busby Papers, newsletter of Horace W. Busby, the longest
serving aide to Lyndon B. Johnson from LBJ’s congressional career to the presidency
1989 –1990, Administrative Assistant, Congressman Greg Laughlin, D-TX
1988, Special Assistant, U. S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, D-TX, duties included writing the
Senator’s re-election newsletter, opposition research, and Bentsen-Quayle VP debate
1982 –1988, Founder/editor of the Quorum Report newsletter covering the Texas state
capital news; freelance journalist for Texas Business magazine, Dallas Times Herald,
Dallas Ft. Worth Business Journal, Houston Business Journal, Austin-NBC TV affiliate,
the PAC Report, and McGraw Hill’s Platt’s Oil Gram News.
BA philosophy ’74, Honors College, Michigan State University
Graduate lecturer, Miami University Philosophy Department ‘75-‘76
Academic honorary society memberships: Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi
Richardson lives in Rockville, MD with wife Laura.