• Coasts & Deltas

  • Communities

  • Water Resources

Oliver "Rick" Richard,, III

Vice Chair

 A Louisiana native and an experienced leader in energy and natural gas management, Oliver “Rick” Richard, III is the former Chairman, President and CEO of Columbia Energy Group, a position he held until its acquisition in November 2000. Richard also served as Chairman, CEO and President of New Jersey Resources; as President and CEO of Northern Natural Gas Pipeline; and as Vice-President and General Counsel of Tenngasco.

Richard is a past President and member of the Board of The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana currently serves or has served on a number of non-profit boards. He has received several awards and accolades, including induction into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction and receiving the Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Distinguished Alumni award.