Council Member, City of Manhattan Beach
Richard Montgomery brings both political experience and a public relations/communications background to Grades of Green.
As of March 2017, Mr. Montgomery joined Riley Media as a partner to guide the real estate acquisitions and provide government relations support with local government agencies and elected officials throughout Southern California.
Prior to joining Riley Media, Mr. Montgomery was the Real Estate / Government Affairs Manager with a national “outdoor” advertising company in Los Angeles. His responsibility was to guide the real estate acquisitions and provide government relations support and legislative policy direction with local government agencies throughout Southern California.
Prior to joining the Advertising Industry, Mr. Montgomery was the principal of Evaluation Technologies, providing real estate valuation services along with Portfolio Review capabilities to Federal, State and local financial institutions.
Mr. Montgomery is a former Vice President of the Special Assets Division at a large financial institution in Los Angeles. The Special Assets Division maintained oversight for all real estate loans over $5 million in the portfolio nationwide and interacted directly with the FDIC and internal audit teams.
From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Montgomery served twice as Mayor and City Council member for the City of Manhattan Beach. Prior to his election, Mr. Montgomery served as the Planning Commissioner and Chairman from 2002 to 2005 in the City of Manhattan Beach. As part of his elected duties, Mr. Montgomery has extensive media training (print, radio & TV) along with “on air” interviews and numerous public speaking engagements. Mr. Montgomery was recently (March 2017) re-elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council for a third term.
As a local elected official, Mr. Montgomery has served as President (2011-2012) and is currently the President-Elect of the Independent Cities Association (elected officials from 40 cities throughout Los Angeles County), Director of the Sanitation Districts #5 & #7 in Los Angeles County and is currently the Small Craft Harbor Commissioner in Marina Del Rey at the appointment of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn.
Mr. Montgomery is also a former police officer and resides in Manhattan Beach with his wife Diane.