Financier - economist in Washington, DC
RICK REIDY is a trained economist and an early adopter of "impact investing," helping to organize and finance a number of innovative companies and non-profit groups.
In the late 1990s, he founded a then-rare "green" venture capital fund to support early-stage, environmentally-friendly companies staffed by skilled labor union workers. He currently oversees a number of clean technology private business projects, all with a mandate to create good-paying union jobs and to serve as sustainable models for "green" industry & finance.
Mr. Reidy was executive director and acts as a director and Latin American specialist for the International Intellectual Property Institute, a Washington DC economic development "think tank" that he helped to fund. IIPI promotes protection of intellectual property as a key tool for job creation and growth around the world.
He served as senior Washington lobbyist and advisor for New York City cultural organizations, including Guggenheim Museum, American Ballet Theatre, World Monuments Fund. He has appeared as a commentator on Los Angeles television & radio, and he continues to informally assist many national and local political candidates.
In the 1990s, Mr. Reidy was president of the Health Policy and Research Foundation of California, a non-profit charity, founded in 1986, to promote government policy actions during the exploding public health crisis of HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Reidy was founder, in 1991, of a start-up venture that pioneered direct-to-consumer sales of recorded music. He served previously as chief financial officer for a boutique property developer in Los Angeles, arranging financings for construction of custom homes.
During the 1980s, Mr. Reidy lived in Washington DC, managing political programs and raising funds under two chairmen of the Democratic National Committee. He directed finance projects for campaigns for President and for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he advised dozens of candidates at national and local levels. Earlier, he worked at a Washington trade group representing employee-owned companies and firms financed by employee leveraged buy-outs.
A graduate in economics of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Reidy also studied and worked in Mexico City, Boston and New York. He spent his school years in radio broadcasting as an on-air announcer, news writer & engineer. He grew up as an all-purpose assistant in his father's retail stores in western New York State.