Place 4: Term ends in 2016
Jeffrey K. Richard was first elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees in 2004. He was re-elected in 2010. He previously served as Board Chair from 2012-2014; and formerly served as Board Vice Chair, 2010-2012.
Mr. Richard's priorities for service include maintaining and strengthening ACC's accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the official accrediting body; expanding opportunities for students throughout the region to pay less in ACC tuition by having their jurisdictions vote to join ACC; providing re-training services that enable adults to adapt to ever-changing marketplace demand; and pursuing new funding sources in order to enable more students to pay for community college education.
In his professional life, Mr. Richard is a management consultant and business development consultant with the firm J. L. Powers & Associates, LLC, which he joined in 2011. Previously he served for more than six years as president and chief executive officer of the Austin Area Urban League, one of more than 100 affiliates of the National Urban League. Prior to joining the Urban League, Mr. Richard was vice president of education for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, where he studied policy and monitored outcomes in K-12 academic achievement and success. Additionally, Mr. Richard worked in Washington, D.C. for nearly 12 years in various capacities in the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, and the U. S. Conference of Mayors.
Mr. Richard has more than 20 years of consulting experience and has conducted performance improvement and technology consulting projects for school districts, local governments, and state agencies. Mr. Richard has reviewed a number of school district budgets and operations, including Dallas ISD, Houston ISD, North East ISD, Knox County (Tenn.) Public Schools, and Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools. He also was part of the professional consulting team that reviewed the technology infrastructure at Austin Community College as part of the Texas Comptroller's Performance Review. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member in economics at Texas State University-San Marcos since 2001.
Mr. Richard was awarded a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from Texas Christian University, where he achieved Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude honors. He also earned a master's degree in urban economic development from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Mr. Richard is a graduate of the Leadership Austin Class of 2001-02 and a licensed Christian minister, serving in an associate capacity at the St. James Baptist Church. He and his bride, Naomi, have a daughter.