Nell A. Richardson is a retired teacher, public administrator, and attorney. She holds a B.A. in English (University of Houston), M.A. in English (Middlebury College), Certificate in Public Administration (Briarcliff College), and J.D. (University of Houston Law Center). After teaching English and history at the secondary level, she held public service positions in the areas of housing and child abuse prevention, after which she attended law school and practiced as a civil litigator. She has been an active volunteer with the League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, and Child Advocates (CASA). Through her church in downtown Houston, she helped establish non-profit organizations addressing issues of homelessness, low-income housing, women's incarceration, and children's health. She has also served her church as a member of the Vestry, Mission Outreach Council, and choir. Nell and her husband live in a retirement community; they have a combined family of six children and five grandchildren.