Rob Richards

Hi! Thanks for being here!

My role with the Tribune will be mostly editing and publishing, sometimes writing, and always looking for ideas and ways to bring in more voices. I want to help cultivate content across mediums and work with creators to develop their voices and tell stories not told in our community.

My early childhood was a lot of bouncing between dad’s house in NE Portland and mom’s house in Skamania County. I first moved to Olympia in 1995. I graduated from River Ridge High School (GO HAWKS!) in 1996. I themed my senior project on politics and had my first foray into that world as a campaign volunteer for then State Representative Karen Fraser. After graduating, I joined the Navy and spent four years stationed at Sasebo, Japan, aboard two different Gator-Navy ships. Our operations took us many places on that side of the world, including a stint in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Fox. After the Navy, I returned to Olympia, where I’ve lived ever since. My community involvement began at the age of 24 as an advocate at Bread & Roses. Later, I was an organizer in the movement that became Camp Quixote, now known as Quixote Village. On the Olympia Planning Commission, I was the Chair of the Comprehensive Plan Subcommittee. I also created and managed the Downtown Ambassador Program through its formative years. After that, I spent years working on and managing political campaigns at various levels and consulting in the non-profit sector. In the last three years, my career has taken me out of Olympia for the first time as a Congressional staffer, covering Grays Harbor County and working with veteran and active duty constituents.

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