Director | CivicLex
Richard is a community development practitioner, artist, and organizational development consultant living in Lexington, Kentucky. Richard works at the local, state, and national level on creating more equitable community development and civic engagement structures. He co-created the platform CivicLex, which seeks to help illuminate local public policy and civic issues. He was a co-founder and Executive Director of Lexington’s first place-based community development corporation, the North Limestone CDC. During his time at the CDC, Richard became deeply interested in trying to identify and work towards more equitable community development practices, leading to his authoring of the North Limestone Cultural Plan, a multiyear plan to make the North Limestone CDC’s work more participatory and just. In 2016, he was named an Emerging City Champion by the 8-80 Cities and John S and James L Knight Foundation, was awarded the “One to Watch” award from the Lexington Forum and Lexington Mayor’s Office, and is currently a research fellow at the University of Kentucky Community Innovation Lab studying the intersection of conservatory-level music training and community development ethics and practice. He has a degree in Double Bass Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.