Aug 07, 2020
Chris Richardson
Downtown Streets Team – A Unique Homeless Intervention

Chief Program Officer - Downtown Streets Team


Chris has over ten years’ experience with Downtown Streets Team (DST), starting as only the second employee. During his tenure at DST he has played a lead role in fundraising, grant writing, program management, and strategic growth. His main role is developing and supervising all program operations for fifteen chapters of Downtown Streets Team throughout Northern California. He has been integral in launching dozens of new projects with local governments, social service agencies, faith-based organizations and corporate entities. Chris was in charge of all expansion efforts as DST grew from a small non profit operating in a single community to a statewide recognized best practice operating in 16 cities.


Chris is a 2020 Midpen Media Local Hero Award winner and was honored with the 2016 Recovery Café Bridge Builder Award. He has served on the San Jose Streets Team Board of Directors and the Palo Alto Business and Professional Association Advisory Board. He holds a B.A. from Boston University and is a 2021 candidate for his Masters of Business Administration at Hult International Business School. Prior to working at DST Chris held leadership positions in the technology and restaurant industries.