Richard Harmon
Central California Senior Director

Richard brings 18 years of legislative and public policy experience to TPA, ten of which have been focused on public agencies across California. Richard has special expertise in transportation planning and infrastructure (including State Transportation Agency, California Transportation Commission, and Caltrans). His experience also extends to the policy sectors of public safety, parks and recreation, local governance, and water resources.

At TPA, Richard serves a broad range of public agency clients throughout California. He advocates at the state, regional, and local level for client projects and programs including state grants programs and other funding opportunities. Richard’s network of relationships in both the State Capitol and at Caltrans (combined with his reviewer’s perspective on grant funding proposals) contributes to his success, with accomplishments that include:

  • 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 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 future plans to reach other areas. Richard prepared the City’s SRF application, and coordinated all advocacy efforts with the California Legislature and the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • 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 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.

Prior to joining TPA, Richard was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as the Legislative and Local Government Affairs Deputy for Caltrans. Richard also served as Chief of Staff in the State Capitol Office for a Member of the California Assembly.

Richard is a California native and graduate of San Diego State University, with a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in International Business. He lives in Elk Grove with his wife and four children.



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925 L Street, Suite 1404
Sacramento, CA 95814


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