Lois Richardson, Ward 1

Lois E. Allen-Richardson was born and raised in the City of Ypsilanti and is a proud product of Ypsilanti Public Schools. She is a 1965 graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she earned a BS Degree in Social Work and Education.

Lois was called to the Christian Ministry in 1977 and was licensed and ordained in 1983. In between these years, she attended and graduated from Freedom Christian Center Bible College where she also served as an instructor.

in 2000 Lois was elected to the Ypsilanti City Council to represent Ward 1 where she has served consecutive terms and continues represent the residents of this Ward. Always seeking to increase her contribution to improving the lives of others through social and civic involvement, she ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Ypsilanti in 2002 and 2006. In 2008, she was selected by her fellow council members to serve as Mayor Pro-tem and continues to serves in that position today.

Lois is an active or past member of many organizations where she has served in various capacities. These organizations include HOPE Clinic (volunteer); Washtenaw County Assault Crisis Center (volunteer); Washtenaw County Jail (Counselor and Chaplain); Ypsilanti Area Community Fund (former Board Member); SOS (former Board Member); Michigan Municipal League (former Board Member); Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (President); Michigan State Association of Colored Women's Clubs (First Vice President); Palm Leaf Club of Ypsilanti (President).