Richard Leib, J.D.

Chair, University of California Board of Regents

Richard Leib is the current Chair of the Board of Regents. He is president and CEO of Dunleer Strategies, a San Diego-based consulting firm that works with emerging companies to develop strategies to help them meet short and long-term business goals. Before that, he spent 15 years as executive vice president and general counsel for Liquid Environmental Solutions, a company he co-founded and helped grow into the leading non-hazardous liquid waste recycling company in the U.S. The company, which ultimately employed 700 people, was sold to a private equity firm in 2017.

Prior to his work with Liquid Environmental Solutions, Mr. Leib served as executive vice president and general counsel of U.S. Public Technologies; and co-founded the investment management group at Stone and Youngberg, California’s leading municipal debt underwriter. Mr. Leib started his career working on the staff of state Senators Gary Hart and Herschel Rosenthal and he also worked for Congressmen Henry Waxman and Mel Levine.

He has been on the Solana Beach School Board for ten years and served as Board President for two years. He previously served on the Community College Board of Governors from 1999-2005 and served as President of the Board from 2001-2003, as an appointee of Governor Gray Davis. He currently serves on the Board of the Steinberg Institute, a Sacramento based organization that seeks to raise the profile and increase the effectiveness of mental health policy-making in California. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Mr. Leib’s education includes a J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law, an M.A. from Claremont Graduate School, a Fellowship with the Coro Foundation, and a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara.

He was appointed to the Board in August, 2018 by Governor Brown for a term ending in 2026.