It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news that one of The LOOP’s technical assistance trainers (TAT), Richard Barnes, has recently passed away. When The LOOP first began back in 2014, Richard was one of the first individuals we invited to become a TAT not only because of his extensive experience and expertise in tobacco control advocacy, but also because of his warm and genuine character.
The LOOP has greatly benefitted from Richard’s contributions which include facilitating trainings around state and local policymaking, as well as the importance of media advocacy. Richard will always be remembered not only as a mentor, but as an inspiration for those committed to making the world a better place for all.
Richard – you will be dearly missed.
Richard Barnes Biography
After practicing law for many years, Richard L. Barnes gave up his practice to devote his time and talent to public policy advocacy as the full-time Volunteer Government Relations Manager for the American Lung Association of Oklahoma (ALAO) from December 1997 to June 30, 2004. He was responsible for all of the public policy advocacy activities of ALAO on tobacco control and other public health issues.
He was a Researcher at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE) from July 1,2004 to July 1, 2014, including a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the UCSF Health Services Research Training Program he completed in 2006. In addition to research of the tobacco industry documents in the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (resulting in two published peer-reviewed journal articles), his other projects at the CTCRE included mentoring other researchers and researching and writing state tobacco control activity reports that explored tobacco industry activities and the reasons for the successes, and the failures, of tobacco control advocacy efforts. Richard left CTCRE to return to policymaking and political advocacy full-time.
He has won numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and skills in public policy, advocacy, and has used his extensive advocacy experience and research to train others in successful public policy advocacy methodologies.