Richard was an elected member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid
Transit District from 1992 to 2004, where he served twice as president of the
Board. At the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Richard led efforts to secure $4
billion in capital for system rehabilitation projects, the transit system’s
expansion to the San Francisco Airport and seismic retrofit programs.
Richard was a principal at Morse, Richard, Weisenmiller & Associates
from 1986 to 1996, a firm serving the independent power industry and project
finance lending community. He was vice president of Independent Power
Corporation from 1983 to 1986. Richard served as Governor Brown’s deputy legal
affairs secretary from 1982 to 1983 and deputy assistant for science and
technology from 1978 to 1979. He was advisor to the chairman of the
California Energy Commission from 1978 to 1982.
Richard began his career at National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, where he was assistant to the deputy associate administrator
from 1972 to 1978. Richard received his Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge
School of Law.
Appointed by the Governor.