A 20-year WNC resident, Rich graduated from Western Carolina University with Bachelor's (English, Spanish) and Master's (English) degrees in 2002 and 2004. Following a tour with the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Jordan, Rich has spent the last five years as a financial advisor specializing in socially-responsible investments at Edward Jones & Co. He lives in Haw Creek with his partner, Lindsay, a public-school teacher, and their four children.

In 2015, Rich's campaign for city council received the endorsements of the AFL-CIO, WNC Central Labor Council, Sierra Club (primary only), NC Representative Susan Fisher, and over 50 business owners and community leaders.

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Community roles

  • Asheville Greenway Committee (vice chair)
  • WNC Group Homes for Autistic Persons & Blue Ridge Area Group Homes Board (vice chair)
  • Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (vice president of membership)
  • Asheville Multimodal Transportation Commission
  • Asheville In Motion Implementation Task Force
  • Buncombe County Triad (past chair)
  • Land of Sky Senior Volunteer Services Advisory Council
  • I-26 "ConnectUs" Project
  • West Asheville Business Association
  • ACLU
  • Friends of Community Radio
  • Community Leaders' Roundtable

Past roles

  • Elect Nancy Nehls Nelson
  • Asheville Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Bountiful Cities Project
  • East West Asheville Neighborhood Association
  • U.S. Peace Corps (Jordan)