Rick joined the Meyer Foundation in 2003 as program officer for its nationally recognized capacity-building work. He was named director of programs in 2009 and became vice president for programs and communications in 2010. As vice president, he leads the Foundation's programmatic work, which includes grantmaking, collective action, convening and advocacy, and capacity building. From 1999 to 2003, Rick was executive director of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, and from 1992 to 1999 he held senior management positions at BoardSource.
A frequent speaker on nonprofit management and leadership issues, Rick is a co-author of the Daring to Lead 2006 and Daring to Lead 2011 national studies of nonprofit executive directors, produced in collaboration with CompassPoint. He is also the author of The Nonprofit Chief Executive’s Ten Basic Responsibilities, published by BoardSource in 2007 and revised in 2012.
In 2009, Rick was the co-recipient of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s inaugural Grantmaker in Capacity Building Award, which recognized both his and the Meyer Foundation’s longstanding commitment to building the field of nonprofit management and leadership. He currently serves on the boards of BoardSource (as chair), the Community Connections Fund of the World Bank Group, and as co-chair of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' racial equity working group. He is a former board member of The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and Imagination Stage, a children's theater in Bethesda, Maryland.
A native of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Rick has lived in Montgomery County, Maryland more than 25 years and is a member of Leadership Montgomery's Class of 2009. He is a graduate of Washington Adventist University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Baltimore.