Richard Falkenrath

Chief Administrative Officer
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Richard joined Bridgewater in 2014 and is currently the Chief Administrative Officer. He is also a Partner and a member of the firm's Operating Committee. Richard is responsible for operational risk management and administration, and oversees legal, regulatory, employee relations, talent and recruiting, and security functions, real estate and facilities, and the firm’s COVID task force. Prior to his current role, Richard was Chief Security Officer for six years and was responsible for all aspects of Bridgewater’s security as well as business continuity management and the company’s media functions.

Prior to joining Bridgewater, Richard was a contributing editor on Bloomberg TV, was the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, served as Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism of the New York City Police Department from 2006-2010, and was Assistant Professor at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was also a member of the White House staff from 2000 to 2004, ultimately as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor. Richard is currently a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Richard is a summa cum laude graduate of Occidental College, with degrees in economics and international relations. He received a Ph.D. from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.

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More from Richard Falkenrath
November 10, 2020
Larry Cofsky, Richard Falkenrath, Kiran Rao, Yusuf Jailani
On the heels of promising vaccine news, we share perspective on the news itself and its ripple across markets. Chief Administrative Officer Richard Falkenrath and Head of COVID Task Force Kiran Rao discuss how the news is significant and the broader state of the pandemic right now. Richard is a former senior White House official who was at the center of the response to the SARS outbreak, and Kiran is a medical doctor who has previously done significant epidemiology work with the Gates Foundation and World Health Organization.
February 3, 2020
Richard Falkenrath, Jason Rotenberg, Matthew Karasz, Philip Clark
A few weeks ago, most of us had never heard of a “coronavirus”—much less “2019-nCoV,” the precise term for the seventh known strain of coronavirus, which first appeared in humans late last year in Wuhan, China. Now, barely a month since it was first reported, the new virus has seized the attention of the world. It has infected thousands of people, disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions, and become a major market driver. And the outbreak appears to be accelerating.
February 26, 2020
Greg Jensen, Richard Falkenrath, Jim Haskel
With the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel sat down with Chief Security Officer Richard Falkenrath and Co-CIO Greg Jensen to discuss what we currently know about the coronavirus, how it compares to disease outbreaks over the last century, and its potential impact on economies and markets.
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