Richard S. Costigan III
Immediate Past Chair


Richard S. Costigan is the Senior Director of State & Government Affairs at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focuses on legislative and government relations.

Richard joined the Board of Trustees of the Administration in 2007 after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In addition to serving on this Board, he serves on the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), as a board member of the California State Personnel Board (SPB) and a Senior Director with the national law and political firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. LLC.  He has extensive experience in state public policy in healthcare, energy and natural resources, business, transportation, infrastructure, housing and tax matters having served in leadership staff positions in the California legislature, for the California Chamber of Commerce and on a statewide campaign.

A graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University and the University of Georgia, Richard resides in Granite Bay, CA with his wife Gloria and their three children, Eric, Emma and Andrew.