She has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal of Glen Oaks Elementary School and director of curriculum and superintendent of Fairfield City Schools. She went on to serve briefly as superintendent of Russell County Schools, and later as a private education consultant. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Troy University, Samford University and Miles College.
Richardson was in the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2000. She defeated Margie Varner for the Democratic nomination for the Place 4 seat on the State Board of Education after six-term incumbent Ethel Hall decided not to seek re-election. Her platform focused on addressing funding for schools, reducing bullying, and improving programs for special needs students. She defeated Republican Tom Dooley in the general election.
Richardson has two children, Alma Marie and Jon.
- Yvette Richardson campaign website
- Leech, Marie (October 28, 2010) "Yvette Richardson and Tom Dooley vie for Alabama Board of Education seat long held by Ethel Hall." The Birmingham News