In a recent role as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, he was part of the senior management team responsible for the agency's policy, rulemaking, and innovation activities. He also recently worked as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the agency's Office of Environmental Information where he was the lead official responsible for creating the Federal Docket Management System and its associated web portal, www.regulations.gov.
He began his career in Washington DC during 1980 as a Presidential Management Intern at EPA. He has worked for the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President, Congressman Fred Upton, a government affairs consulting firm, an industry trade association, and his own consulting firm.
During his thirty years in Washington DC, Rick has developed an extensive understanding of the federal regulatory system and other mechanisms used by a wide range of entities to establish and implement national environmental policy. This includes a sound grasp of the political, institutional, procedural, public opinion, and communications challenges associated with successfully achieving innovative change. His experience with the federal regulatory process, existing environmental laws, and the need for better public access to government information and decision making processes has fostered his interest in the transformational value of information technology. He holds a BA from Ithaca College and an MBA from Cornell University.