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Meet the Team

Richard Harmon

Senior Director

Since joining the firm in 2011, Richard has led the firm’s transportation policy and secured passage of multiple client sponsored bills, successfully advocated for federal transportation policy, and secured tens of millions of dollars in competitive grants at the local, state and federal level.

 Areas of policy expertise:

  • Transportation and Transit
  • Local Governance
  • Recreation and Community Facilities
  • Cultural and Historic Resources

Previous experience:

  • District 10 Director, California Department of Transportation
  • Deputy Director for Legislative and Local Government Affairs, California Department of Transportation
  • Chief of Staff, Assembly Member Bonnie Garcia, California State Legislature

Transportation:

  • Richard worked with the City of Tulare to secure $7.5 million for their State Route 99 Cartmill Avenue Interchange Project from Proposition 1B. Leveraging close relationships at the California Natural Resources Agency and California Transportation Commission, Richard worked with the City of Tulare on the successful development and submittal of an Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program application to complement the City’s interchange project in the amount of $458,260.
  • Richard worked with the City of Moreno Valley to secure a $16.8 million grant for their SoCal Freight Gateway: SR-60 Truck Safety and Efficiency Project. Leveraging close relationships at the California Transportation Commission, Richard worked with the City on the development and submittal of a Trade Corridor Enhancement Program application to fund phase one the project.
  • Richard secured $789,000 in state and federal grants for Safe Routes to School (SR2S) sidewalk and safety improvements for the County of Mariposa. Richard then worked closely with Caltrans Headquarters and District 10 staff as they “closed out” SR2S to prepare for its replacement by the Active Transportation Program (ATP). Richard convinced Caltrans to distribute the balance of unspent SR2S funds rather than let them revert to the federal government at the end of their fiscal year. Richard provided justification and cost estimates for additional funding to be allocated to County projects, which resulted in a supplemental SR2S grant of $302,770 to the County for the completion of their safety projects.

Water and Sanitation:

  • Richard worked with the City of Hesperia to secure a $14.6 million loan from the State Water Resources Control Board’s State Revolving Fund to develop a reclaimed water pipeline distribution system. The project conveys tertiary-treated water from its wastewater treatment facility to various locations in the City, with plans to reach other areas in the future. Richard helped prepare the City’s SRF application, and coordinated all advocacy efforts with the California Legislature and the State Water Resources Control Board.

Housing and Economic Development:

  • Richard secured a legislative extension to protect a $460,000 grant that the City of Hayward received from the 2011 Building Equity and Growth in Neighborhoods Program. The funds will be utilized to build a 10-unit homeownership development in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.  Richard also secured legislation that would authorize the City of El Monte to retain more than $2 million in Traffic Congestion Relief Funds previously received from the State, allowing for critical investment in the City’s streets and roads.

Richard graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters of Science in Business Administration in 2002 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Business in 2000.