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Richard Youngken was elected to the board of trustees of The 1772 Foundation at its annual meeting held in October 2019. His term began January 1, 2020.

Over his 40-plus year career, Richard has worked in town planning, community revitalization, historic preservation, grantseeking, and grantmaking, mainly in New England and New York State. He has served as planning staff or as a consultant for many towns in Connecticut and Rhode Island. He also has worked at the Newport Collaborative Architects in Newport, the City of Newport, the State of New York State Historic Preservation Office, the Saratoga Springs (New York) Preservation Foundation, and the City of Glens Falls, New York. Richard’s professional career in historic preservation began in the late 1970s as a National Trust for Historic Preservation intern, documenting historic buildings for the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Throughout his career, Richard has received a number of design awards, particularly with his own consulting firm, Youngken Associates.

Richard has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Rhode Island.

Now retired, Richard lives in Rhode Island and continues to consult for the Watch Hill Conservancy in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

He succeeds long-time trustee Robert Raynolds.