Richard (R.J.)  Lyman Portrait

Richard (R.J.) Lyman

Senior Fellow

Richard (“R.J.”) Lyman is the Senior Fellow at Niskanen Center.  He also serves as Founding Director of Freedom for America, a nonprofit articulating fiscally responsible, socially tolerant public policies, and holds positions as Senior Advisor at ML Strategies, a Boston-based strategic consultancy, Managing Member of ELK Capital Partners, a multi-family housing investor, and Of Counsel to Mintz Levin, a national law firm. R.J. also provides governance oversight through present service on fiduciary boards, including as Clerk of the Woods Hole Research Center and Trustee of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.

R.J. worked for nearly half a decade as an entrepreneur in the energy technology and project development field, serving as President and COO of General Compression and Board Chair of New England Hydropower, from both of which he exited with a substantial return on capital.R.J. was an equity partner for over a decade at the international law firm Goodwin (f/k/a Goodwin Procter and Goodwin Procter & Hoar). During that time, he also taught classes and courses at Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT Center for Real Estate, and several liberal arts colleges. Before that, he served as Assistant Environmental Secretary, MEPA Director and Senior Advisor for Regulatory Reform under Massachusetts Governors Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci.

He received his J.D. magna cum laude from Vermont Law School in 1993, his B.A. cum laude in history from Harvard College in 1986, and spent a year at Shrewsbury School in England.

R.J lives in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, with his wife, Leslie, and their four boys.