Over a twenty-five year period, Richard has conducted 135 engagements on regional innovation and public-private partnerships in Australia, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States. He has formed over 30 federal, state and regional innovation-technology initiatives across sectors such as advanced manufacturing, defense and national security, and digital infrastructure.
His work in and for the State of Texas includes as a member of the design team for the Texas Product Development Fund and the Emerging Technology Fund, Senior Advisor to the Governor’s Council on Science and Technology (2005-2006) and its Cluster Roadmap, and the technical advisor to regional strategies –from North Texas to the Gulf Coast-Houston, from the South Texas Border to the North Red River Region. He established the initial public-private partnership program across industry and state government.
He has assessed and advised the State and seven regional cluster initiatives, and conducted benchmarking on best practices in economic, workforce, and innovation development for 35 countries. Richard has authored five Statewide Roadmaps on Texas’ Biotechnology and Health Care Cluster for the Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute, resulting in gubernatorial and legislative support of life science investments, policy-making, and broad advocacy.
Richard served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Commerce, Chief of Staff of the President’s Commission on Executive Exchange, Congressional Liaison to the Persian Gulf Task Force at the Environmental Protection Agency, and White House Liaison to the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations in the George H.W. Bush Administration.
Prior to moving to Washington, he was Special Assistant to the President of the University of Texas M.D. Andersen Cancer Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on urban planning and governance.