Richard is one of Southern California's most innovative and leading business and community leaders providing leadership and significant support for many educational and health-care institutions, charitable organizations and other initiatives.
Richard is Co-Founder and Chairman of Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (NYSE Symbol: REXR), one of Southern California's leading owners and operators of infill industrial real estate. He was also Founder, Chairman and CEO of New York Stock Exchange listed Arden Realty, Inc., which was the largest owner of commercial office real estate in Southern California, until its merger with General Electric (GE) in a $5 billion transaction, the largest real estate transaction in the history of Southern California. Richard also served as the Founding Chairman of AVP Advisors, LLC, the exclusive advisor to American Value Partners a $400 million institutionally sponsored real estate fund of funds.
Richard received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Southern California and joined the law firm of Loeb & Loeb where he specialized in all aspects of real estate. His extensive background in real estate led to the formation of Pacific Financial Group of which he was the Founder and Managing General Partner a leading owner and operator in the 1980s of commercial real estate.
Over the years, Richard has held many volunteer leadership positions in the cultural, educational and social service life of Southern California. He served for six years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the City of Hope National Medical Center and also its' Beckman Research Institute (COH), a world renowned, multi-faceted clinical hospital and basic research center for cancer, diabetes, immunology and other catastrophic diseases. As Chairman Emeritus of COH, Richard continues as member of the Board of Directors and its Construction Committee (which he chaired for 20 years). He is also the Founder of its Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Industries Alliance, which has raised over $25 million for COH programs. Richard is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Biological Sciences, Honoris Causa) from COH.
Richard is a member of the Board of Visitors of UCLA's Anderson School of Management, its Executive Committee and was Co-Chair of its $100 million Capital Campaign. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the UCLA Healthcare System, was a leader of the UCLA Pauley Pavilion Capital Campaign of Champions. He also established the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, is a member of its Founding Board and is a member of the Advisory Board of the UCLA Israel Studies Center, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and was a member of the UCLA Chancellor's Council and the UCLA Council of Entrepreneurs.
Richard is a member of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) and a former member of its Executive Committee, is a member of the Board of Overseers of its Rothberg International School and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Philosophiae, Honoris Causa) from HUJ. He is Chairman and former President of the American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) Western States Region and is a Vice-Chairman, trustee and member of the Board of Directors of AFHU.
He served as a member of the Board of Governors and of the Executive Committees of both the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and of the Real Estate Roundtable and as a Commissioner of the California Commission for the 21st Century and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the UC Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics.
Richard is the CEO and Co-Trustee of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, one of the largest Los Angeles based charitable foundations, providing almost $10 million annually for education, healthcare, cultural and basic and clinical research programs, and he is Co-Trustee of the Gilbert Public Arts Foundation and a Trustee of the Gilbert Collection Trust at the Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A) in London.
Richard is a Founder of the American Jewish University (AJU, formerly the University of Judaism), a member of its Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa) from AJU and co-founder and past President of its Moriah Society. Richard, for over 35 years served on the Board of Directors of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (the Federation) and was Centennial Chair of the 100th anniversary celebration of The Federation and was Chair of the Hineni Society of the Federation. He was the International Chairman of the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America held in Los Angeles and was Co-Chair of the Construction Committee to rebuild the Federation's 6505 Wilshire headquarters after the 1994 earthquake.
Richard is Chairman of the Chairman's Council of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), a Founding Chairman of the LABC Institute, is a Founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and Chairman of the Greater Los Angeles Israel Bonds Organization. Richard is a Trustee of the Washington Institute, was Chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for the U.S. Southern Pacific Region and is a member of AIPAC's National Executive Committee. He served as President of Guardians, Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA), is a member of its Board of Directors, was Chairman of its Board of Governors, Co-Chairman of the $85 million Capital Campaign of JHA and currently is Chairman of JHA's Foundation, its umbrella organization with oversight of the current $225 million Capital Campaign of JHA.
Richard served as Chairman of the Los Angeles Arts Council, a member of the Board of Leadership L.A., the CEO Advisory Panel of Habitat - Los Angeles, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a member of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a member of the Board of Children's Home Society and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Zimmer Children's Museum, Genesis L.A. and L.A. Men's ORT.
Richard was a Trustee of the Democratic National Committee, a member of its Jefferson Trust, a finance chair of the DNC Convention held in Los Angeles and served as a National Finance Co-Chair of the Presidential candidacies of William Jefferson Clinton, Albert Gore, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.
Throughout the years, in addition to his 3 Honorary Doctorates, Richard has received numerous honors and awards including the UCLA Gold Medal (UCLA'S highest honor), the COH Spirit of Life, Gallery of Achievement and Abraham S. Bolsky Awards, the Scopus Award of HUJ, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (awarded only to Eagle Scouts) and the Distinguished Citizen Award of the Boy Scouts of America, the Real Estate Visionary Award of the CoreNet global corporate real estate network, the "Citizenship Award" of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Spirit of Los Angeles "Eddy Award" from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the Interfaith Award from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the "City of Los Angeles" award from the Getty House Foundation and the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Los Angeles Business Council, the Humanitarian Award from the Real Estate Investment Advisory Council, and the "Philanthropic Work of Art" Award by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Richard has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Humanitarian Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Real Estate Industry Outstanding Achievement Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the "Champion of the Real Estate Industry" from the California Business Properties Association, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Property Council, the National U.S. Real Estate Honoree Award from State of Israel Bonds, the Lifetime Achievement Award of AFHU, the Environment Leader Award from the California League of Conservation Voters, the John F. Kennedy "Profiles in Courage" award from the California Democratic Party, the Award of Merit from the AJU, the Humanitarian Award from the Statesman Club of JHA, the Humanitarian Award from Vista Del Mar and the Business Environmentalist of the Year by the Coalition of the Environment of Southern California. Richard has also been recognized as "Man of the Year" by the Los Angeles Property Council, the "Real Estate Investor of the Year" by the Los Angeles Business Journal, "Business Person of the Year" by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, a "Real Estate Icon" by the Real Estate Forum and as the greater Los Angeles "Entrepreneur of the Year."
Richard has established and endowed the UCLA Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate; the Ziman Family Outpatient Oncology Center at City of Hope; the Ziman Laboratory Research Facility at the Beckman Center for Immunology at City of Hope; the Ziman Family wing at the Rothberg International School at the HUJ; the Goldenberg-Ziman Alzheimer 96-bed facility and the Ziman Family Synagogue - both at the Jewish Homes for the Aging; in memory of his father, the Charles Ziman examination facilities at the UCLA Arthur Ash Student Health Center and in honor of his mother and father - the Helen and Charles Ziman Fellowships at UCLA Anderson and library facilities at American Jewish University. He has also endowed other facilities, programs and scholarships at UCLA Anderson, UCLA Pauley Pavilion, HUJ, JHA, COH, AJU and the Los Angeles Milken Schools.
Richard resides in Brentwood with his wife, May, and has four children.