Born in Philadelphia, Richard grew up in Altadena and West L.A. He attended Fairfax High School, the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley), and Loyola School of Law. He holds a B.A. in Communication and Public Policy as well as a Juris Doctor degree.
After law school, he opened the Law Offices of Richard Bloom and, for nearly 30 years, practiced family law, advocating and mediating for families in high conflict cases and addressing life altering issues. In 2008, Bloom became a nonprofit Executive Director, assisting low-income clients at Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, and then an Executive Director for the homeless housing/services nonprofit PATH Partners—both in Los Angeles. Bloom has served as a volunteer Judge Pro Tem and mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Courts and on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section.
In addition to his work in elected office, Richard has served the community through multiple organizations:
- For many years he was the Chair of the 30-member Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. The Commission’s aim is to restore the health of Santa Monica Bay and its 400-square-mile watershed.
- He served multiple terms as a founding member and Chair of the Westside Cities Council of Governments, a policy agency covering Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City, and the City and County of Los Angeles. The agency focuses on regional issues—especially homelessness, social services, sustainability, and public transit.
- In 2009, Richard was appointed to the powerful California Coastal Commission by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. The Commission’s mission is to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the 1,100-mile California coast and ocean for environmentally sustainable use.
Richard lives in Santa Monica with his wife, Robbie Black, a healthcare professional at Cedars-Sinai Health Center in L.A. Their family includes two young-adult sons, Zac and Emmett, three chickens, and one dog.