Richard H. Lawrence, Jr.

Board Member

Richard is the chairman and executive director of The Overlook Investment Group, a firm that invests in public-listed equities across Asia that he founded in 1991. He grew up outside of New York City and graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics in 1978. For the next four years Richard lived in South America and was a financial analyst for the Organización Diego Cisneros, a conglomerate based in Caracas, Venezuela. He then became vice-president of J. Bush & Company, Inc., where he was responsible for equity research, and in 1984 moved to Asia as founding vice-president of First Pacific Special Assets, a company that invested in undervalued assets throughout Asia. Two years later, he became one of the first Chartered Financial Analysts in Asia.

Richard currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, Dee, and near their two adult children. He and his family have worked for the past 17 years in Honduras, first with the OCHO Project, which leads an annual medical mission to rural Santa Barbara Province, and for the past 12 years as founder and director of Proyecto Mirador Foundation—a nonprofit that has built more than 135,000 fuel-efficient stoves, reducing nearly one million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions. Richard is also a founding director of Cool Effect, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform with over 120,000 members that allows anyone to support the world’s highest-quality carbon-pollution-reduction projects.