Richard Petty, MBA, is the Executive Director at the NRCPDS, and a research professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. Richard served as Program Director at Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston. He directed the IL-NET national technical assistance and training program for centers for independent living and the ILRU New Community Opportunities Center, a national center that advances community programs for transition from nursing facilities to the community for persons of all ages and youth transition from school to community.
Before his time at ILRU, Richard served as Executive Director of Mainstream, an advocacy-oriented Center for Independent Living in Little Rock, Arkansas. There he headed major statewide advocacy efforts, notably home and community services initiatives, and served as a disability lobbyist. Richard holds an MBA from the C. T. Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston..