Chief Executive Officer
Rich is a nationally known thought leader in the emerging economic development opportunities field. Rich was previously with a government affairs firm where he founded and grew the Economic Architecture practice, a national consulting group focused on emerging industries and community planning. After dozens of projects completed nationwide, this successful practice spun out to form Fourth Economy Consulting in 2010.
Rich has managed both private and public sector projects having previously served the Commonwealth as Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary of Technology Investment. In this position, Rich directly managed technology investment programs totaling over $82 million annually. As Executive Director of the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, Rich and his team were credited with the creation of hundreds of new Pennsylvania companies and thousands of jobs within the Commonwealth. Rich also supervised numerous other state-funded entrepreneurial and technology commercialization organizations. He designed and launched the Keystone Innovation Zone program to spur economic development around Pennsylvania’s university research institutions and create entrepreneurial networks across the state. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.