With a Bachelor of Arts in healthcare management from California Coast University, Richard is a dynamic public speaker and expert communicator with advanced leadership and communication certifications with the world-recognized Toastmasters International. Having spent over 21 years inside the CDCR, Richard made abundant contributions as a co-founder of the Inside Solutions think tank and lead intern for the CROP Organization’s programs offered within institutions. An inspiring leader and powerful orator who delivered over 35 transformational coaching seminars and workshops, Richard possesses the uncanny ability to capture a room’s attention while conveying impactful messages to any audience. He has an advanced certification as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counselor who received a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his contributions to the recovery community. Richards is also the only known incarcerated person to earn the status of associate trainer from John Maxwell’s EQUIP Leadership and its Million Leader Mandate. After being found suitable for parole at his initial Board of Parole Hearing (BPH), Richard was released from restorative institutions in 2019.