Richard directs the day to day operations of the East Aldine District, one of the largest management districts (20+ square miles, 60,000+ population, and $10 Million+ budget) in Harris County. As Deputy Executive Director, he oversees the implementation of services, projects and initiatives which advance the EAMD Service and Improvement Plan, including infrastructure, public safety, environmental & urban design, clean-up/beautification, public health & neighborhood services, community leadership & economic development, and government relations . He joined the district in the fall of 2008 as Director of Services.
Richard has more than 28 years of experience as a public servant, where he has held management and executive level positions at the City of Houston (Parks and Recreation Department & Mayor’s Office), and Baker-Ripley (formerly Neighborhood Centers Inc.). In May of 2000, Richard was appointed Director of the Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office (MCAO), where he served for six years (appointed by Mayor Lee P. Brown and continued with Mayor Bill White). During his tenure in the Mayor’s office, Richard played an instrumental role in mobilizing critical resources during the response and aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison, and organized various successful city-wide initiatives to better address community needs and coordinate city resources.
Richard serves as a Harris County School Trustee (elected county-wide in Nov. 2018), as well as, on the boards of the Aldine Education Foundation (as past-President), the Greens Bayou Coalition, the North Harris County Education Alliance (as Co-Chair), Harris County Flood Control Task Force, and the Lone Star College Foundation. He is a graduate of Leadership North Houston, and the Citizens Police Academy of both the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He is past president of the Hawthorne Place Civic Club and served as Precinct Chairman/election judge for over 20 years. Past community associations (board service) includes HISD North District Advisory Council, HCC Northeast College Advisory Council, Wesley House Community Center, MD Anderson YMCA, Clark Park Advisory Council, Houston Food Bank, Houston Area Council on Gangs, Texas Crime Prevention Association, LULAC Council 402, Harris County Citizens Corps – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Northside National (NSN) Little League, Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, and Hardy-Near Northside Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ 21).
Richard earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Government from Houston Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Houston, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of St. Thomas.