Richard is the chief adaptive management and evaluation officer and oversees a team dedicated to supporting the foundation’s four grantmaking programs, helping our staff and grantees use adaptive management to improve outcomes and results.
Richard came to the foundation in 2016 from Foundations of Success, a small nonprofit organization he co-founded. Foundations of Success is dedicated to improving the practice of conservation and development through enhanced monitoring, evaluation, learning, and collaboration. Through that organization, he developed concepts, tools and approaches for enhanced practices; assisted partner organizations to develop adaptive management systems; evaluated conservation projects and programs; managed applied research related to evaluation; and facilitated cross-site and cross-institutional learning.
Prior to co-founding Foundations of Success, he was the director of the Analysis and Adaptive Management Program and the Latin America and Caribbean Program at the Biodiversity Support Program in Washington, DC. Before the Biodiversity Support Program, Richard worked internationally as an assistant director of a biosphere reserve, founder and director of two community-based health and development organizations, field analyst for a food security information system, and evaluator of post-disaster interventions.
Richard holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology and an M.P.H. in international public health from Tulane University. He also holds a bachelor’s in Latin American studies from Northwestern University.