Rich directs the government affairs lobbying team for NMA, managing the government affairs advocacy strategies and congressional lobbying operations on NMA’s priority issues before Congress and the administration.
Rich has over 25 years of experience in government affairs and political advocacy. He started with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a policy analyst and then economist for the Republican National Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee. Rich has staffed two members of Congress; Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Wally Herger (R-Calif.) where he served as a legislative aide, Budget Committee associate and legislative director for tax, as well as working on budget and environmental policy.
After leaving Capitol Hill, he served as director of congressional affairs for the American Forest & Paper Association and then as a lobbyist on natural resources and environmental issues at the firm Ball Janik LLP. Rich ran the lobbying operation for CropLife America as vice president of government affairs before coming to NMA in 2006.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in economics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.