Richard Carson is a Senior Associate with Citygate Associates which provides consulting services to local and state government in the areas of government management, community development, emergency services, strategic planning and organizational development. Rich is currently a doctorate student in organizational development psychololgy at Washington State University. Rich provides commetary in the national and regional media on a variety of professional and political issues. Rich was the Director of Clark County's Community Development Department (Vancouver, Washington) which had 165 employees, a $17 million annual budget and reviewed $588 million in new construction annually. He was regional Planning Director for METRO and in charge of land use, solid waste, open space, emergency management and stormwater planning. He was also the Acting City Manager and Community Development Director for the City of Oregon City. Rich was also a Senior Policy Analyst during the administrations of Oregon Governors Victor Atiyeh, Neil Goldschmidt and Barbara Roberts.
Rich was a member of the Portland mayor's Growth Management Committee; chair of the Oregon Governor's Econcomic Action Team; President of the Southwest Section of the American Planning Association's Washington Chapter. A state board member of Oregon and Washington's state APA chapters, and Oregon Planners' Journal editor for four years. Rich was Vice-Chair with the Urban Land Institute's Oregon/SW Washington District Council.
Rich maintained APA's Planning Publication's Directory website, was an Urban Studies editor for LookSmart, Open Directory Project, Wikipedia and About Planning. Rich is now pursuing a doctorate degree [Ph.D.] in organizational development and psychology at Washington State University.
Community Service: Member of the Organizational Development Network which provides pro-bono consulting to non-profit organizations through the Community Consulting Project