With deep ties to the people, businesses, institutions and government agencies in the East Aldine community, Richard ensures that the District is meeting the needs of, and getting input from, the public that the District serves. He joined the district in 2008 as director of services.
He has more than 28 years of experience as a public servant, having worked in management and executive level positions at the City of Houston (Parks and Recreation Department & Mayor’s Office), as director of the Houston Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office and at BakerRipley. At the mayor’s office, Richard played an instrumental role in mobilizing critical resources during the response and aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison.
Richard serves as a Harris County School Trustee (elected county-wide in November 2018), as well as on the boards of the Aldine Education Foundation (past-president), the Greens Bayou Coalition, the North Harris County Education Alliance (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 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.
He has also served with 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, Northside National Little League, Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, and Hardy-Near Northside Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ 21).