As First Lady of New Mexico since 2002, Barbara has worked tirelessly through various organizations to improve the lives of New Mexicans. In particular, she has served as:
- Chair of the Governor's Domestic Violence Advisory Board
- Chair for Read Across America in New Mexico
- Supported and raised more than $150,000 for New Mexico Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Honorary Chair for the New Mexico Immunization Coalition
When Bill was a member of the House of Representatives, from 1983-97, Barbara was program coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Washington, D.C.
In contrast to her gregarious, globe-trotting diplomat husband, Barbara Flavin Richardson prefers a quieter life, tending to her antiques accessories business, keeping up the Governor's mansion, hosting dinner parties, and reading.
Marriage: to Bill Richardson on August 5, 1972. (For more info, see Barbara Flavin and Bill Richardson Marriage Profile.)
Education: B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College.
Birth: March 25, 1949 in Gardner, Massachusetts the eldest of five children born to a dentist and his wife.