Richard is a Coordinator of Communication and Program Development at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Counseling and Student Development Center. He oversees the Center's communications efforts and assists in assessing and developing programs.
Richard is also a recent graduate from UH-Mānoa's College of Education, attaining a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Educational Administration (emphasis in Higher Education). In this program, he studied about various aspects of higher education and has research interests in education finance, policy, human factors in organizations, student affairs administration, Asian Americans in higher education, etc. He also served as a graduate assistant for the College of Education Senate, assisting the Chair and the Senate in its operations, issues, and service to the college. He also worked additional hours part-time as a policy researcher at the Office of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i System. In this role, he researched and evaluated existing Board policies and bylaws and worked to reformat existing Board policies and bylaws in partnership with other departments and individuals. He has helped to reformat Board policy and bylaws to align it with current executive policy and administrative procedures for the UH System. He was active in the Higher Education Student Association where he serves as vice president for finance and president. He was also elected to serve as treasurer for the Graduate Student Organization, UHM's graduate student government.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Communicology (formerly known as Speech) with a minor in Business Administration. As an undergraduate, he served as president and secretary of the Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, New Student Orientation senior and summer leader, Access to College Excellence peer mentor, and senate support staff to the College of Education Senate. Additionally, he served as president, vice president, and secretary of the Public Relations Student Society of America, director of corporate relations of the Business Executive Society of Tomorrow, and secretary of the Speech Communication Society. He was also a member of the Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honor Society), Golden Key International Honour Society, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Undergraduate Fellows Program. Throughout the majority of his undergraduate years, he also was a part of a plethora of campus- and system-wide committees, including executive search committees, campus fee advisory committee, and policy and academic grievance committees.
Richard also worked part-time as a legislative aide to Hawai‘i State Representative Della Au Belatti. In this capacity, he helped with communication and constituent outreach efforts, including managing social media accounts, created monthly newsletters, and recommended strategies to the Representative related to communications.
In the community, Richard is also secretary of the ‘Aiea Neighborhood Board and president of the ‘Aiea High School Alumni Association. Additionally, he was involved in the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) where he served locally as a graduate associate and regionally as newsletter editor for the Region VI Advisory Board. He previously served as a community representative for the School Community Council of ‘Aiea High School and was a member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Richard was an honors graduate of ‘Aiea High School where he competed in various academic competitions, participated in the school's inaugural senior project and was an active member of student government, service clubs, language clubs and national honor society.
Richard enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and learning about social media.