In recognition of contributions made to the advancement and betterment of the water and wastewater industry through extraordinary leadership of a global engineering firm; for service in national water associations; for developing and implementing water resources projects across the United States; and for championing humanitarian efforts for access to clean water and sanitation throughout the developing world.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Greeley and Hansen

  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1978
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York, 1982
  • MBA, Finance, Keller Graduate School of Management, 1990

Andrew W. Richardson is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Greeley and Hansen, a leading international civil, environmental, and water infrastructure consulting engineering firm. From 2007 to 2020, Richardson served as the Chief Executive Officer of the company and oversaw all business operations and implemented the firm’s strategic plan. He also led the firm’s Executive Management Team. 

Richardson has a long track record of bringing people together to work in collaboration on efforts to benefit the water industry, as well as to improve the quality of life in our communities. In his more than four decades with Greeley and Hansen, Richardson worked on almost every aspect of engineering projects, such as feasibility studies, construction, and start-up commissioning for many major water and wastewater treatment programs. These include the upgrade of the New York City Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the City of Los Angeles Glendale Water Reclamation Plant Expansion, and the City of Phoenix Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant. He alsoplayed a crucial role in addressing long-term solutions to sustainable total water management to support the quality of life and growth in both the Phoenix and Las Vegas Valleys.

Richardson has been actively involved in many industry organizations, including serving in various leadership roles on the Board of Directors for eight water industry organizations. He is a past president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Arizona AWWA Section, and the Arizona Water Environment Federation (WEF) Member Association. In addition, he is a past national vice-president of Water for People; past Board Member of the AWWA Research Foundation; past Board Member and Treasurer of the U.S. Water Alliance; and has served on national committees for AWWA and WEF. He is currently a Board Member and serves on the Executive Committee of Current, an innovation platform for the Chicago region’s water industry to leverage its strengths for global, environmental, and economic impact.

As an active and long-time member of both AWWA and WEF, Richardson has been recognized for his contributions to the water and wastewater industry with the following honors: George Warren Fuller Award; Water For People Ken Miller Award; AZ Water Outstanding Service Award, the Outstanding Service to AWWA Award; AWWA John Lechner Award of Excellence; AWWA Abel Wolman Award of Excellence; WEF Arthur Sidney Bedell Award; and the WEF Emerson Distinguished Service Medal. In addition, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois -Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Chapter Honor Member Award from the University’s Chi Epsilon Chapter, a National Honor Society for the civil engineering profession. He has also authored over 70 technical papers and made numerous presentations at national and international water and wastewater conferences.
Current as of March 2021