Dan Richard, chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority, discusses his vision for merging the dream and reality of high speed rail.
Richard was appointed by Brown to be chairman of California's High Speed Rail Authority in February 2012 after telling Governor Jerry Brown that California's high-speed rail plan was "really screwed up and going to end up biting you in the ankles." Richard will discuss the potential for high-speed rail to transform the future of California's Central Valley by connecting it to major urban centers, revitalizing city cores, and reducing suburban sprawl's encroachment on agriculture.
Dan Richard of Piedmont, has been a principal of Dan Richard Advisors since 2010. He was managing partner and co-founder of Heritage Oak Capital Partners, an infrastructure finance firm, from 2007 to 2009 and was senior vice president of public policy and governmental relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from 1997 to 2006.
Richard was an elected member of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District from 1992 to 2004, where he served twice as president of the Board. At the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Richard led efforts to secure $4 billion in capital for system rehabilitation projects, the transit system’s expansion to the San Francisco Airport and seismic retrofit programs.