Richard Cantu, President

  • Richard CantuPosition 3, At-Large
    Email: rcantu@hcde-texas.org

    Richard Cantu is the executive director of the East Aldine Management District and has more than 28 years of experience as a public servant. He has also worked in management and executive level positions at the City of Houston (Parks and Recreation Department and Mayor’s Office), as director of the Houston Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office and as a program and community center director at BakerRipley. 

    He serves as president of the Aldine Education Foundation and board member of the Greens Bayou Coalition, the North Harris County Education Alliance, and the Lone Star College Foundation. He is a graduate of Leadership North Houston, and the Citizens Police Academy of the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. He is also a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum.

    He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Houston and a Master of Liberal Arts in Public Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

    Cantu began his term in January 2019 with the term expiring in December 2024.