Richard C. Lord is President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (A.I.M.). A.I.M. is an employer service organization of more than 5,400 member companies. Mr. Lord joined A.I.M. in 1991 and served as Executive Vice President for Legislative Policy where he was responsible for A.I.M.'s public policy analysis and legislative efforts on health care, economic development, taxation, worker's compensation, and other areas of special interest to employers in the Commonwealth.
Prior to joining A.I.M., Mr. Lord served as Chief of Staff for the Committee on Ways and Means of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The Committee is responsible for all legislation involving state funds and revenues, including the Commonwealth's annual budget and all tax related matters. The Committee employed Mr. Lord for six years, where he served as the Budget Director before being promoted to the Chief of Staff position.
Before entering public service, Mr. Lord also worked in financial positions at General Electric Company and McCormack and Dodge, a Massachusetts-based software company. He is a native of North Adams, Massachusetts and a 1977 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology.
Mr. Lord is a member of several boards: the greater Boston Catholic Charities Advisory Board, the Associates Program at Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Department of Medical Assistance Advisory Board, the Children's Trust Fund, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Advisory Panel, and the Massachusetts Healthcare Purchasers Group.