Since it’s inception in 2005, Downtown Streets Team has grown exponentially. We sprouted from humble beginnings as part of a goal to reduce panhandling and homelessness in Palo Alto and have since began to grow deep roots throughout the Bay Area. In the beginning, Downtown Streets Team was run out of the Business Improvement District (BID). Eileen Richardson, our Executive Director, took the lead in 2005 when Downtown Streets Team broke away from the BID and became a certified 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. She was the only employee until her son joined nearly one year later as the Director of Operations. From there we grew quickly; jump-starting our next team in Sunnyvale in 2011 and San Jose in 2012; and in the summer of 2013 we launched our fourth team in San Rafael.
Eileen Richardson began with one employee (herself) and now oversees a company of 33 employees – a number that continues to grow. With Teams in five bay area cities and two satellite locations in Daytona, Florida and another
Member Since: 2014