Richard Cullen is a partner at PLUS Communications and leads the firm’s Richmond office. Named one of PR Week’s 40 under 40 in 2018, Richard has managed communications and advocacy campaigns for major corporations, trade associations and non-profits. Recent highlights include a successful effort on behalf of Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, which helped NFL retirees receive better retirement benefits, as well as an award-winning campaign in partnership with We Are Sikhs. He has also assisted clients who are facing serious reputational crises.

During his career, Richard has held a number of roles in politics and on Capitol Hill, including a stint as a special assistant for former Majority Leader Eric Cantor and as communications director on Ken Cuccinelli’s closely watched gubernatorial campaign in 2013.

Richard is a graduate of Furman University and lives with his wife, Laura, and two daughters in Richmond, Virginia. He serves on the board of Crossover Healthcare Ministry and UpRVA in Richmond.

What you may not know about Richard

Richard was the lead singer of his college band but has since given up his musical career to spend more time with family.

Although he was not a very good athlete himself, Richard played on the same high school baseball team as NFL Quarterback Russell Wilson – a fact he tells nearly everyone he meets.