For the last ten years, Richard has actively served Summit. In 2006, he was appointed by the Common Council to serve on the city’s Recycling Advisory Committee, where he helped co-found the Summit Free Market. Richard has served on Mayor or Council-appointed committees for over 8 years. He also served in the inaugural class of Summit City Hall interns, working with the Department of Public Works and Community Services, and was a White House Intern in Washington, D.C.
An Eagle Scout, Sun is also an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 67 of Summit.
Richard is the proud product of Washington School, Summit Middle School and the Union County Magnet School. At Columbia University, Richard graduated cum laude with a degree in economics, focusing on sustainable urban development, and was named a Rhodes Scholar Finalist.
Richard currently serves on the Boards of two national organizations focused on transportation policy. Richard began his career at McKinsey & Company, the global management-consulting firm with offices on DeForest Avenue in Summit. There he developed business and leadership skills focused on delivering impact in a cost-effective way, skills that he will bring to City Hall in Summit.
Richard served major pharmaceutical companies on strategic planning, identifying operational efficiencies, and improving sales performance. He also served public sector institutions on the topics of infrastructure funding, affordable housing, and economic development. Richard also helped lead recruiting at Columbia University, giving back to both the Firm and his alma mater.
Richard has lived in Summit for 20 years. After growing up blocks away from Magic Fountain and Washington Elementary School, Richard now lives on Parmley Place near Downtown Summit. Richard is an avid outdoorsman, basketball fan and history buff. He enjoys traveling and trying food from different parts of the world.