Irma L. Anderson was the elected mayor of the city of Richmond, California serving between 2001 and 2006. She ran for re-election as the incumbent Democrat in the 2006 mayoral race and lost to Green Party challenger councilperson Gayle McLaughlin by 192 votes.
Before serving as mayor she was a member of the city council from 1993 through 2000. She was the first black woman to serve on the Richmond city council and claimed to be the first African American woman elected mayor of a major California city, although this could not be verified.
Anderson came to Richmond, California with her husband, the late Rev. Booker T. Anderson Jr., in 1959. Anderson has two sons named Ahmad and Wilbert. Anderson's career changed from nursing to politics working for the Contra Costa County Health Department where she began as a nurse and advanced to Director of Public Health Nursing. As mayor, Anderson worked with the West Contra Costa Unified School District developing after-school programs throughout the city of Richmond.