Bright by Text Welcomes New CEO, Dr. Katie Richardson

By Jodie Fishman - August 24, 2023

Denver, CO – Bright by Text, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers through free, targeted text messages, is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Katie Richardson as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to helping all children and families thrive, Dr. Katie brings a new era of leadership and creativity to Bright by Text.

Bright by Text puts free tips, information, and community resources into parents’ fingertips through their smartphones, helping families promote the learning, development, and health of their young children.

Dr. Katie, as her patients affectionately call her, is a board-certified pediatrician and champion of childhood wellbeing. Having served on Bright by Text’s Board of Directors for the past 5 years, her passion for the organization’s mission and potential is unparalleled. A mom, entrepreneur, and savvy advisor to healthcare startups, Dr. Katie will provide the hands-on expertise of an experienced practitioner and healthcare leader–making her an ideal fit to lead Bright by Text into its next phase of growth and impact. 

In her own words, “I am truly honored to join the Bright by Text team and contribute to the incredible work that has already been done. I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated team, partners, and supporters to reach more families, help them lead healthier lives, and make a deep and lasting impact on children across the country.”

Dr. Katie’s appointment marks an exciting milestone for Bright by Text,” said Board Chair Greg Gossett. “We are confident that her visionary leadership and strategic insights will drive Bright by Text to new heights and amplify our vision of a country in which every child has a bright beginning.”


About Bright by Text

Through tips, information, games and resources sent by text message, Bright by Text is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships, strengthen families, promote a child’s healthy development, and improve school readiness. Messages are timed to a child’s exact age and zip code, prenatally through age 8, and offered in both English and Spanish. An independent study of Bright by Text found that the service helps parents feel less overwhelmed, led to higher levels of verbal interaction between parents and children, and supported age-appropriate language development in children.


Bright by Text currently reaches the families of more than 160,000 kids across the U.S.

To sign up, parents and caregivers can text the word BRIGHT to 274 448, or fill out a simple form at

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