Rich is an Associate in WRI's Food Program. He is an author of the World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, which focuses on solutions to feed 10 billion people by 2050, and also authored installments on shifting diets and aquaculture. He works on two consumption-focused initiatives (Better Buying Lab and Cool Food Pledge) that bring together food providers and experts in marketing and behavior change to enable consumers to buy and eat more sustainable foods. He previously was involved in WRI's Coastal Capital project focused on supporting better management of coastal ecosystems by quantifying their economic value.
Prior to joining WRI in 2007, Rich lived in Cameroon for four years, where he served as an agroforestry extension agent with the U.S. Peace Corps and then as Assistant Coordinator for the U.S. Embassy’s international development programs.
Rich holds an M.A. in International Development Studies, with concentrations in Environment and Food Security, from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a B.A. from Hamilton College.