Tom Butt was elected Mayor of Richmond in November of 2014 with more than 50 percent of the vote. Prior to winning the mayoral election, he served on the Richmond City Council for 20 years and served as the city’s vice-mayor in 2002 and 2012.
Mayor Butt’s top priorities include removing impediments to business without sacrificing quality or the environment, launching the Richmond Ferry Service, ensuring a viable future for Hilltop Mall, supporting Richmond’s Main Street Initiative, developing a strategic marketing brand for the city, completing the city’s Climate Action Plan, completing Richmond’s sections of the Bay Trail, establishing an urban agriculture policy, completing the relocation of residents living in The Hacienda, connecting youth with job opportunities, implementing the Richmond Promise scholarship program, and keeping crime low.
Mayor Butt serves as a board member and past chair of the Local Government Commission; a board member, Richmond representative, and vice-chair of Marin Clean Energy; a member of the League of California Cities, Environmental Quality Policy Committee; a member of the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC); a commissioner of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority; an alternate member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; and an alternate member of the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission.
Mayor Butt is also principal-in-charge of an architectural firm, Interactive Resources, and continues to work full-time as an architect. The firm is a leader in sustainable design with projects certified as LEED Silver, Gold and Platinum. Interactive Resources has been in business for over 40 years in Richmond with up to 20 employees.
With support from Interactive Resources, Mayor Butt continues to provide substantial pro bono architecture and engineering services for civic projects in Richmond. For example, he raised over $11 million in grants and tax credits for rehabilitation of the Maritime Child Care Center and provided seven years of pro-bono project management services valued at over $500,000. He also founded East Brother Light Station, Inc. – which restored and continues to operate East Brother Light Station as a public service – and served for 11 years as the president of the Rosie the Riveter Trust – which is the non-profit partner of Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
Mayor Butt has been married to his wife, Shirley Butt, since 1971. They have two sons, Daniel and Andrew, and four grandchildren. Mayor Butt earned his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Arkansas and his Master’s in Architecture from the University of California-Los Angeles. He served in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970 and has received numerous awards for his years of public service.