Richard Vezina

Vice President of Strategy & Business Development

As Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Richard works with firm leadership to create and execute strategies for developing new work, building our reputation in the field, and celebrating our clients’ successes. In addition, he leads evaluation and strategy engagements with public, nonprofit, and philanthropic clients.

Richard has more than 15 years of experience working in the social sector, and is particularly passionate about health equity issues and efforts to strengthen the sector as a whole.  He is highly skilled at helping organizations gather, interpret, and communicate about data in order to strengthen their programs and refine long-term goals. He has particular expertise in qualitative research methods, survey design, theory of change development, and reporting findings to diverse audiences. Richard has intermediate proficiency in Spanish.

Prior to joining Harder+Company, Richard served as a research analyst at the University of California, San Francisco; an internal evaluator at the nonprofit Bailey House; and a fundraiser for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Through this experience, he understands the demands that organizations face as they strive to fulfill their missions, demonstrate impact, and effectively engage stakeholders. When not at work, Richard can be found touring playgrounds with his husband and young daughter or baking treats for his office mates.

Education
  • Master of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology/Anthopology & Education, Swarthmore College
Areas of Expertise
  • Arts + Culture
  • Equity + Place
  • Health
  • Housing + Community Development