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Richard Greene

Principal, Barrett and Greene, Inc


When Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene got married in 1982, they had a plan. He was an editor at Forbes Magazine, at the time. She was an editor at Ladies’ Home Journal. And they wanted to quit their jobs, and work together as a team. A few years later, that’s exactly what they did, forming Barrett and Greene, Inc. Soon, the two began to specialize in researching, writing, analyzing, speaking about and consulting about city, county and state government.

Over the course of more than 25 years, Barrett and Greene (often known as B&G or, more casually, K&R) has done original, much-praised research which has been recognized and utilized by hundreds of leaders in state and city government. .

Described by Peter Harkness, founder of Governing Magazine as "by far the most experienced journalists in the country covering public performance," they pioneered "grading the cities, counties and states" in management. Related to that work, they founded the Government Performance Project.

They are special project consultants to the Volcker Alliance, senior fellows with the Council of State Governments, senior fellows at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, and fellows in the National Academy of Public Administration.

They are also management columnists for Governing Magazine and write occasional major features for the magazine. They are senior fellows at the Governing Institute.

They have helped found two organizations: GovPerformance and the State Government Workforce Project.

Barrett and Greene have served in an advisory capacity to many organizations including the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; the Association of Government Accountants; the National Association of State Chief Administrators Offices, the Center for a Better South and others.

They have demonstrated expertise in government management generally, tax systems, state budgeting, health management and policy, pensions, human resources, infrastructure, contracting and notably, performance measurement. "Erudite, articulate and always interesting, I always learn something from their commentary," says John Cape, former New York State budget director.

In addition, they have co-written five books and have written extensively about Walt Disney. Their work about Disney includes two biographies, a television documentary, a CD-Rom based documentary and a website.

The other, and most significant, result of their collaboration: two children, Benjamin and Sandra.