As Senior Vice President for Environment and Sustainability, Rick directs the development and implementation of policy and advocacy strategies related to ICT product design, green procurement and stewardship; “Smart” and renewable energy; and supply chain priorities including conflict minerals. He works with federal and international officials, the global ICT sector and civil society to promote science-based, consensus global requirements for high tech products and to advance the central role of ICT in driving energy efficiency and sustainability throughout the global economy.
Rick has testified on behalf of high tech manufacturers before Congress and in numerous states, and regularly represents the sector in international venues and on policy panels and dialogues. Rick has appeared on CNN, CBC (Canada), BBC Radio and CBS Radio, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek and the Financial Times, among others.
Prior to joining ITI, Rick worked for three years at the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), where he served as EIA’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs. In this role, Rick managed the development of policies and advocacy approaches on electronics recycling, product materials content and green procurement at the federal and state levels, and led high tech sector engagement on the Basel Convention.
Rick previously worked as Senior Project Manager for a D.C.-based environmental consulting firm that specialized in risk communications issues related to major environmental remediation and redevelopment projects. He supervised projects for several Fortune 50 companies and worked with federal and state environmental regulators, corporate representatives and the media to communicate technical environmental and health issues to local communities and to build consensus around site remediation and redevelopment plans.
Prior to relocating to the D.C. area, Rick spent nine years in Albany as the Legislative Director for New York State Assemblyman Sam Colman. Rick negotiated the Assemblyman’s overall legislative agenda, worked with executive agencies to develop implementing regulations, and served as the Assemblyman’s media spokesperson.
Rick earned an M.S. in environmental management and policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester.