Richard spearheads Blue Planet’s advocacy efforts at the state legislature and Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, as well as manages a range of energy initiatives. He is a graduate (summa cum laude) of the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the University of Hawaii (UH) Law Review. While at UH, he also performed field and laboratory research on biochemical markers of climate change (M.S., chemical oceanography). At the University of California at Berkeley, he studied chemistry (B.S.). In 2014, he was selected as one of the Pacific Business News “40 Under 40” young business and community leaders. He has lectured on legal issues to future technological and social entrepreneurs at UH’s law, business, and engineering graduate schools,
Richard formerly worked as an attorney in Honolulu, handling complex litigation on a wide range of issues. He has also worked with the Center for Island Climate Adaptation & Policy at the University of Hawaii, analyzing climate-adaptive tools for managing water resources. Richard has authored papers on shoreline issues, renewable energy resources, and other topics. His first job was in a bike shop.
Richard is a global citizen. As a kid, he lived in a bunch of interesting places around the world: Saudi Arabia, Czechoslovakia, and Brazil, included.
“I’m passionate about clean energy because I have to be. We only have one earth. What could be more important than trying to leave it a little better than I found it?”