Richard Carson is consultant, practitioner and academic researcher in organizational psychology and change management. He is CEO/President of Carson & Associates which provides consulting services to non-profits and government in change management, organizational development, strategic planning and performance management. Mr. Carson's recent experience has been working with local government agencies and non-profits in the four Western states of California, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Mr. Carson's doctoral studies were in organizational psychology and change management (Washington State University) and his Master of Public Administration (Lewis and Clark College). He has trademarked his People Sustained Organizational Change Management (PSOCM®) 10-Step Model and website. The model provides a comprehensive, systematic, life cycle approach to managing organizational change from personnel, technological and existential events. He also has the copyright to the Book of Change© and website which is a change management resource to practitioners and students. Mr. Carson provides commentary on a variety of professional and political issues in international and national publications (Writing). Mr. Carson's experience in municipal government management, law enforcement and urban planning includes: Director of Clark County's Community Development Department (Vancouver, WA). Regional Planning Director for METRO in charge of land use, solid waste, open space, emergency management and storm water planning. He was the City Manager for the City of Cascade Locks (OR) and Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director for the City of Oregon City (OR). He was Senior Policy Analyst Oregon Governors Atiyeh, Goldschmidt and Roberts and worked on economic development, environmental, and land use legislation. For more information review his Resume.
Richard Carson is now the City Manager for the resurrected city of Damascus, Oregon. Damascus is named after the Biblical city where in Acts 9 the apostle Paul neared Damascus on his journey to persecute Christians, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting." Damascus namesake is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. This is one of the most exciting projects he has been involved in. The city that was thought to be dis-incorporated (as in organizationally dead) but the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled otherwise. This is the ultimate organizational change management challenge!