Rick Richardson
President and CEO

Rick has been the President and CEO of Child Development Associates (CDA) since 2011. Rick joined CDA as a retired U.S. Army Colonel following his 24 years of service. His deep connection to CDA’s mission is based on his personal experience with childhood poverty and his mother’s struggles as a single parent.

Rick’s passion to create positive change in the community is reflected in his leadership roles at the state and local level. Rick currently serves as the President of the California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) Board and member of the San Diego County Child Care and Development Planning Council where he passionately advocates for children, parents, and child care providers. Rick is also an active member of the California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA) and Chula Vista Charitable Foundation member.

Rick graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and earned Master’s Degrees from the prestigious U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies, Webster University, and the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

In his spare time, Rick can be found on his mountain bike as head coach of a local youth Mountain Bike Racing Team, traveling with his family, and exploring the Anza Borrego desert.