Richard (Dick) Harding

Vice Chair

Richard was the Managing Partner with Santa Fe Venture Partners, a General Partner with the Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm invencor/ International Venture Fund (invencor/IVF), an early stage Venture Capital group with investments in California, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, and New Mexico. Concurrent with forming Santa Fe Venture Partners in 1998 and becoming a General Partner with IVF, he was actively involved in technology commercialization at the University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to living in Santa Fe, he was Executive Vice President and member of Managing Committee with Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, CA. Over his 28 year corporate and international banking career, he has held senior positions with First Interstate Bank and American Express International Banking Corp. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Rio Vista Growth Capital, LLC a subordinated debt fund and is Retained Advisor for New Mexico Mezzanine Capital, LLC.

Previously, Richard served on the Board of Directors of Science and Technology Center at University of New Mexico as Vice Chair. He also served as an Advisory Board Member for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Commercialization Office and was a founding  member of the Board of Directors of New Mexico Community Capital, a community and social venture capital enterprise.  He received his BA from the University of Montana, his graduate degree in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. 

In his free time, Richard has conducted extensive offshore sailing ventures throughout the North and South Pacific Oceans including many short-handed long distance open ocean sailing voyages. Richard and his significant other, Mary Lloyd, reside in Whitefish, Montana and Mazatlan, Mexico, where he enjoys downhill and skate skiing, road cycling, hiking, and sailing.