Meet Rich

Rich DePalma and Janki Nayar DePalma

Public Service

  • City of Austin Parks and Recreation Board, Vice Chair | 2015-present

  • City of Austin Downtown Commission, Commissioner | 2017-present

  • Austin ISD Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee | 2015-2017

  • Balcones Canyonlands Plan Citizens Advisory Committee | 2015-2016

  • Austin ISD Governmental Affairs Committee | 2015

  • 2015-2020 Austin ISD Strategic Plan Subcommittee


Local Awards

  • Oak Hill Citizen of the Year | 2016

  • Environmental Policy Advocate Award, Save Barton Creek Assoc. | 2017


Rich DePalma is a husband, father, small business owner, and District 8 community advocate who has worked to improve the quality of life in Southwest Austin for over a decade.

In 2016, Rich started his own consulting practice to allow greater flexibility for his community service. He has almost 20 years of experience working with municipalities, state agencies, public school districts, and the private sector on a variety of areas including operations, facility management and construction, water resource management, technology, and human resources.

Rich lives in Meridian with his wife, Janki Nayar DePalma, a USGBC LEED certified professional who is also active at Baldwin Elementary School, Ronald McDonald House, The Urban Land Institute, and the Asian American Quality of Life Commission. They have two boys, Gabe and Nate.

Rich DePalma Austin Parks and Recreation Dick Nichols Park

Community and Neighborhood Advocacy

  • TreeFolks, Board Member and Current Board President | 2016-2018

  • Baldwin Campus Advisory Committee | 2017-2018

  • Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods, Vice President | 2014-2016

  • Leadership Austin Essentials Class | 2015

  • Great Austin Parks Coalition Member | 2013-2016

  • Austin Parks Foundation, former board member | 2012-2014

  • Austin City Works Academy | 2013

  • Baldwin Elementary School PTA | 2010-2011

  • St. Catherine of Siena Solar Carport Energy Project Chair 2009-2010

  • Friends of Dick Nichols Park, co-founder | 2007