Dr. Richard Ezike currently works on policy issues that intertwine transportation, sustainability, and equity as the Transportation Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. His passion has always been in supporting sustainability. He received his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University, then went on to receive his Master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, where he conducted research on reducing pollutants from diesel-powered cars. He moved to the DC area three years ago, where he worked on evaluating oil and natural gas patent applications before moving into his current role. He is active in the community and is a longtime member of the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network and the Washington DC Professional Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. He also teaches college-level chemistry at Northern Virginia Community College and serves on a number of local communities including the WMATA Riders Advisory Council and the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.