October 28, 2022 | By Shoal Creek Conservancy
Jeffrey Richard has more than 35 years of professional experience in high-level interaction with senior policy makers, business executives and elected officials at the local state and federal levels. He has consulted with education and public sector clients in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Cleveland and Reno, and in every major city in Texas. With only one exception, Jeffrey has met and worked with every President of the United States since the late Ronald Reagan, including President Joe Biden; and he has developed strong friendships with several members of Congress. He is a former executive staff member with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and is also a lifetime member of both the NAACP and Urban League.
Jeffrey is himself a former regional locally elected official, having been elected to every Officer position on the Austin Community College District (ACC) Board of Trustees, including Board Secretary, Board Vice Chair, and Chairperson of the Board since 2004. Jeffrey is the former president and CEO of the Austin Area Urban League as well as Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the Austin Chamber. He worked more than 12 years directly in Washington, DC as a staff member in the U.S. Congress–both in the House and the Senate–and also with the United States Conference of Mayors, where he helped to create the innovative Mayors Business Council.
Jeffrey earned a B.S. degree in Economics and Political Science from TCU and a Master’s degree in Public Policy in urban economic development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Jeffrey is also a licensed Christian Minister. He and his wife, Naomi, have an adult daughter, Rebecca, in law school.