Richard J. Carlson, Chair

President, Carlson Environmental, Inc.

Principal, Viridian Advisors

Openlands board member since 2000


  • B.S. (Communications), University of Illinois
  • M.S. (Journalism), University of Illinois
  • Ph.D. (Political Science), University of Illinois

Civic and Non-Profit affiliations

  • Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, director
  • Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, mentor
  • The Economic Club of Chicago, member