Richard J. Ward, III

Senior Policy Advisor
Richard Ward

Richard Ward is a skilled advisor with more than a decade of experience in government relations, critical infrastructure, national security, communications policy, industry-government coordination, advocacy, coalition-building, and crisis communication. Most recently, Richard worked as the senior director of government relations for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which is the association representing all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. There, he led the development and implementation of a federal affairs strategy to advance the electric sector’s priorities in cyber and grid security, resilience, communications, privacy, and drones. In addition, he helped to advance electric sector interests and served as a liaison to the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce, the FBI, the White House National Security Council, and other critical infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining EEI, Richard served as communications advisor for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and as senior press advance representative at the White House for President George W. Bush.


Government Experience

  • Communications advisor, Office of Senator Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate
  • The White House, Executive Office of the President
    • Senior press advance representative, Office of Presidential Advance
    • Travel manager, White House Travel Office
    • Special assistant, White House Management




  • Executive Program Cybersecurity Harvard Kennedy School 2017
  • M.A. Government Johns Hopkins University 2011
  • B.A. American Studies Yale College 2003