Rich Thome, Partner

Rich Thome has conducted over 115 executive searches and 186 Board Workshops since 2003. Rich joined Leadership Associates in 2006.

Prior to joining Leadership Associates, he served as Superintendent of the South Bay Union School District, (10,000+ student enrollment), and the Cardiff School District, (1,000+ student enrollment). Rich also served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Technology and Superintendent Search Consultant for San Diego County Office of Education. (500,000 student enrollment). During this time he taught leadership and human resources courses at San Diego State University.

Immediately after his school district and county office work, he also served at the University of San Diego as Director, Professional Learning in the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC), a research center in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), Prior to that assignment, he served as Director of Educational Leadership Development Center at the University.

Rich was also an Executive Coach for Pivot Learning Partners in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties and served for 23 years as Teacher, Principal, Coordinator, Director and Assistant superintendent in the Capistrano Unified School District. Rich recently served on the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences Advisory Board and on the Classroom of the Future Foundation Board of Directors.

He received his bachelor’s degree from CSU, Los Angeles, and his master’s from Pepperdine University.

He is fluently bilingual in Spanish and English and received his Bilingual, Cross Cultural Specialist credential in California.

Rich was awarded the prestigious Ohtli Award in 2008 for his 40 years of services to the Latino Community. In 2007 Rich was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award by the University of California, San Diego and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Willie Velasquez Community Service Award. He has received the Honorary Service Award from the California Congress of Parents, Teachers and Students, and the Orange County Hispanic Educator of the Year Award.