Biography of Richard Verches
Richard Verches was named Executive Director of the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board in June 2010. It is one of seven Boards serving the over 10 million residents of L.A. County and is third largest in the U.S. (after New York and L.A. City). The L.A. County WIB budget for 2012-13 is over $45M which supports funding for 17 One-Stop WorkSource Centers that provide employment and training services to businesses and residents in 58 of the County’s 88 cities and all 151 unincorporated areas, as well as 17 Youth Programs that supports high school completion, enrollment in post-secondary education, work readiness and career guidance and work experience, including summer youth employment programs.
He was previously the Chief Deputy Director of the L.A. County Commission on Human Relations which created programs to address racialized gang violence and track hate crimes.
Prior to joining the County of Los Angeles in 2006, he was President and Co-Founder of a national financial literacy non-profit that published and distributed over a million copies of two booklets in Spanish on “How to Prepare and Pay for College” and “Introduction to Banking/Financial Literacy” in partnership with Consulates of Mexico in the U.S.
He has also worked in the private sector with an international oil company, and internationally as a lawyer with the United Nations in Switzerland and European Commission in Brussels.
For over a decade, he has taught courses at UCLA on ‘Human Rights in the Americas’ and ‘Latinos and the Law’. He also co-directed a summer law program in Switzerland and France for the University of Santa Clara School of Law.
Currently, he is a member of the Alhambra and Huntington Park Redevelopment Oversight Boards. His past civic and community leadership include L.A. Coordinator, Transatlantic Fellows Program of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., Dashew International Center for Students and Scholars Board of Directors, UCLA School of Public Affairs Board of Advisors and Senior Policy Fellow; Santa Clara University Center for Global Law and Policy Advisory Council; California Committee of Human Rights Watch; UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors; Cerritos Community College Foundation Board of Directors, UCLA Foundation Board of Councillors; California Quality Education Commission; California Student Aid Commission; UCLA Latino Alumni Association President; California Hispanic Corporate Council President; and Board of Directors, Salvadoran-American Leadership and Education Fund and Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC).