Richard Berry is the 29th Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was the first republican mayor in 30 years and won reelection to his second term with a historically high 69% of the vote. He is businessman who brought fiscal stewardship to the forefront and left his city on solid financial ground with a AAA bond rating. He kept budget growth below the rate of inflation and right-sized local government while implementing efficiency measures exceeding $34 million dollars. He has been recognized nationally for his transparency measures and open data platforms. He finished his terms with the lowest average crime rate of any modern administration, including the lowest four crime rates in history. Albuquerque has twice been ranked as one of the top three best-run large cities with populations over 500,000 (2016 & 2017).
He is known for his innovative approach to government, including teaching entrepreneurial skills to public sector employees. His Heading Home initiative has housed over 700 chronically homeless while saving taxpayers over $5 million dollars. His Running Start for Careers education initiative has a 98% on-time graduation rate for the high school students who have participated. His Better Way initiative that hires the homeless and panhandlers to clean up the city and get connected to needed services and treatment has received national and international attention and is being replicated throughout the country. His TED talk on the subject is approaching a million views. Mayor Berry has been a champion for infrastructure and public private partnerships and has completed over 900 projects worth $1.2 billion during his two terms. He built the first all-electric bus rapid transit system in America and the first BRT line to earn a Gold Rating. He also delivered five times more energy efficiency projects than any previous administration.
Prior to serving as mayor, he served two terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he was a member of the Appropriations & Finance Budget Committee and the Transportation Committee. He was awarded the Freshman of the Year Award in his first term. Prior to his public service, he was an accomplished business entrepreneur in the construction and
design/build sector. He and his wife Maria operated their business in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, and Nevada. The primary focus was on military, industrial, and commercial construction. They also performed disaster relief work for FEMA through the Corps of Engineers. Other clients included the DOD, Air Force, Bureau of Reclamation, Forest Service, and others in both the public and private sectors. Their company won numerous outstanding ratings and awards from clients.
Richard was born in 1962 in Waterloo, Iowa and was raised in Nebraska. He has been married to his wife Maria for 26 years and they have one son who is in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. He is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist and enjoys playing music and designing.