Chief Operating Officer
Valerie Richardson, Chief Operating Officer of ICSC, the professional trade association of the Marketplaces Industry, oversees day-to-day operations and collaborates on marketing, membership, volunteer engagement, and talent development for ICSC’s portfolio of programs and services.
Ms. Richardson brings 40 years of experience in retail real estate, working for brands such as Trammell Crow Company, Ann Taylor, Barnes & Noble and most recently, The Container Store, where she led the real estate team for 20 years.
An active industry participant and advocate, Ms. Richardson has served as a member of ICSC’s Board of Trustees since 2004, also serving as a Director of the ICSC Foundation. She was elected Chairman of the ICSC for the 2018-2019 term. She served as ICSC’s first Chairman from an active retailer and the fifth female Chair in the organization’s history.
Ms. Richardson currently serves on the Board of Directors for Kimco Realty Corp., North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers and the Board of Directors of American Healthcare REIT, a healthcare-focused real estate investment trust, with a diverse portfolio of medical office buildings, senior housing communities, skilled nursing facilities and integrated senior living campuses.
Ms. Richardson served as a Trustee at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano from 2010 – 2016 where she chaired the Medical Center’s Quality Committee. Ms. Richardson earned an M.B.A. in Real Estate from the University of North Texas and a B.S. in Education from Texas State University. She resides in Dallas, Texas, is married, has two children and one amazing grandchild.