Rich 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; a doctorate student in organizational development at Washington State University; and provides commetary in the national and regional media on a variety of professional and political issues. Rich was recently interim City Administrator for the city of Cascade Locks, Oregon. He 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 an economic development Senior Policy Analyst during the administrations of Oregon Governors Victor Atiyeh and Neil Goldschmidt, and advised Governor Barbara Roberts on salmon habitat.
Rich was a member of the Portland mayor's Growth Management Committee; chair of the Oregon Governor's Econcomic Action Team; former President of the Southwest Section of the American Planning Association's Washington Chapter. A former 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.