Richard started working for United for a Fair Economy in December 2017, and began consulting on communications in January 2018.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2017, with a dual degree in political science and media & journalism. While there, he was a member of the campus's student organizing community. Leading campaigns for safe labor contracts in the University's supply chain, Richard worked as a regional organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops. After this initial exposure to organizing, Richard led campaigns to stop privatization and responded to a Republican takeover of the University's governance structure by mobilizing student, worker, and community voices.