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D.A.R.E. America Selects New Chief Operating Officer

Posted on January 27, 2018 by in News, Spotlight

Richard Mahan

D.A.R.E. America has selected and appointed Richard Mahan as its new Chief Operating Officer. Having been actively involved with D.A.R.E. for more than twenty years, Richard has been a longtime colleague of the D.A.R.E. family. Most recently, Richard has served as a member of the D.A.R.E. America Board of Directors, a member of the Board’s Finance Committee, and as D.A.R.E. America’s Director of Communications.

Richard has more than forty years of experience in executive management, operational analysis, strategic planning, communications, and marketing and sales, delivering significant results in high level executive positions he has held in both the public and private sector.

From 2012 until October 2015, Richard served as Director of Sales & Marketing for the California State Lottery. During his tenure at the California Lottery, he increased sales by 30% to $5.5 billion making it the fastest growing lottery in the country while also producing award winning advertising and marketing campaigns.

From 1989 to 2015, Richard was Founder and President of The Richard Mahan Group, a full-service public relations, marketing, and management consulting firm. D.A.R.E. America and D.A.R.E. International were among several clients that he and his firm served continuously for more than 20 years. In 2015, The Richard Mahan Group merged with RPR Fundraising to form Ascend Partners Group, LLC.

From 1986 to 1989, Richard was Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman/CEO of Shapell Industries, one of the most profitable residential real estate development companies in the country. His career also includes positions with the U.S. Congress and California Legislature. Richard earned a Master’s Degree in Management and dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Administration and Economics.

In his various capacities with D.A.R.E., Richard has through the years been actively involved in D.A.R.E.’s many accomplishments including, most recently, his efforts in creating and implementing a successful communication plan. In his capacity as COO, he will bring the exemplary level of commitment and energy with which D.A.R.E. has been accustomed to see Richard generate.