Richard Livingstone serves as Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS), appointed to the role by Mayor Bowser in June 2023. In this role Director Livingstone leads a team of community outreach specialists, assigned to each Ward of the city, tasked with coordinating the response of multiple District agencies to solve persistent neighborhood problems and tailor scheduled services to meet the needs of the community.
Prior to his return to MOCRS, Director Livingstone served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. In this hybrid role, Director Livingstone was responsible for the agency’s external presence including website, social media, advertisements, publications, and media relations. He had direct oversight of the agency's Neighborhood Based Activities Program that administered over $10 million annually in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other funding to a network of Community Based Organizations to provide housing counseling, small business technical assistance, and facade improvement work in low and moderate-income communities in Washington. He oversaw the District's seminal Home Purchase Assistance Program, HPAP, providing grants and loans for downpayment and closing cost assistance to over 300 first-time homebuyers annually with over $20 million in assistance. He also provided leadership and direction in support of the agency’s production and preservation of affordable housing with development finance, property acquisition and disposition, and inclusionary zoning.
During his tenure at DHCD Director Livingstone was responsible for staffing Mayor Muriel Bowser in her leadership of the National League of Cities Housing Task Force, whose work culminated in the production of the Homeward Bound report, used by the association today to guide its housing work. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he also staffed Mayor Bowser's Saving DC's Rental Housing Market Strike Force, tasked with developing short, medium and long term strategies for recovery of the District's rental housing market. Some of that recovery work included designing and implementing the District's Emergency Rental Assistance program called Stronger Together by Assisting You (STAYDC) which saw the successful spending of $352 million in rent and utility assistance for more than 40,000 District residents; one of the country's most successful programs of its kind. Shortly before his departure at DHCD he also worked to provide leadership to the newly created Homeowner Assistance Fund which aimed to provide almost $50 million in assistance to District homeowners impacted by the pandemic.
Before working at DHCD, Director Livingstone served as Mayor Bowser’s Ward 2 Liaison in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services.
Previously, Director Livingstone served as the Assistant Director of Community Relations in the Office of Government and Community Relations at the George Washington University. He was the primary point of contact for community members and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners on the day to day activities of the university.
Director Livingstone serves his community as a board member of the nonprofit Grassroot Project, a community health organization providing HIV/AIDS, mental health, and nutritional health education in Washington, DC middle schools by way of sports with the help of Division 1 college athletes. He's also a former participant and long-time counselor of the Florida American Legion Boys State program.
Directior Livingstone attended the George Washington University and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a Master of Public Administration. He currently resides in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Ward 5.