Richard Mahan is a founding partner of Ascend Partners Group, LLC, and is currently “of counsel” to the firm after accepting a position as Chief Operating Officer of D.A.R.E. America & D.A.R.E. International, one of the firm’s long-term clients. From June 2012 to October 2015, Mahan was “of counsel” to the firm after being appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing for the California State Lottery. During his tenure at the California Lottery, he increased sales by 30% over a two year period to $5.5 billion, making it the fastest growing lottery in the country while also producing award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns.
From 1989 to 2014, Mahan also served as President of The Richard Mahan Group, a full-service public relations, marketing, and fund development firm. The firm served a broad variety of clients in the real estate, textile, high-tech, and personal services corporate sectors, as well as an extensive practice working on behalf of non-profit organizations. Mahan’s firm specialized in conducting organizational assessments, developing strategic and tactical fundraising plans, developing and implementing marketing and public relations programs and planning and executing fundraising special events, campaigns, and major conferences. Clients he represented continuously for more than a decade included Shapell Industries, D.A.R.E. America and D.A.R.E. International, Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services, and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. During three separate years, The Richard Mahan Group was named one of the top 25 PR/Marketing agencies in Los Angeles County. The Richard Mahan Group merged with RPR Fundraising to form Ascend Partners Group in early 2015.
Prior to forming The Richard Mahan Group, he served as Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Shapell Industries, Inc. one of the most profitable residential real estate developers in America. In this capacity, he represented the Chairman and CEO in virtually all areas of the company’s operations, in addition to being responsible for marketing and all public relations, community relations, and governmental relations while also overseeing all charitable giving by the corporation.
From 1982 through 1986, Mahan served as Executive Director of California’s “Little Hoover” Commission, an independent agency that develops and presents recommendations to state and local governments on ways they can benefit from applying private sector business principles. He served a 13-member board that included state legislators, CEOs, and board members of major corporations. He published detailed recommendations to reduce fraud within the Medi-Cal program, increase efficiencies in K-12 education, improve organizational oversight of community colleges, and reform conditions in nursing homes and community care facilities. During his tenure in this position, Mahan wrote and successfully lobbied for enactment of 32 legislative bills that resulted in major tax savings and reforms to government operations. His two-year investigation of conditions in nursing homes resulted in his testifying before Congress and overseeing the drafting and passage of both the California and the National Nursing Home Patients Protection Act.
Mahan’s career has also included serving as Senior Project Manager for the California Legislature’s Office of the Auditor General and as Management Analyst for the U.S. Congress Government Accountability Office.
Throughout Mahan’s career, he has conducted operational evaluations, performance audits and operational assessments on behalf of organizations and government institutions ranging from the U.S. Congress to the California Legislature to privately-held corporations and nonprofit organizations. Such services provide the client with an objective and independent review of its operations leading to improved results.
Mahan holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Golden Gate University and dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Administration and Economics from Chico State University.