President and CEO for Volunteers of America Northern New England

Richard Hooks Wayman serves as the President and CEO for Volunteers of America Northern New England (, a nonprofit organization offering affordable housing, residential treatment and community-based social services in Maine and New Hampshire.

Prior to his tenure at Volunteers of America, Rich served as the National Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Richard was the CEO of LUK, Inc., a regional child welfare agency in Massachusetts, was the Executive Director of a statewide supportive housing in Minnesota, and served as the Senior Youth Policy Analyst for the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington, D.C. He authored the Minnesota Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and helped launch the nation’s first Host Home program for LGBTQ homeless youth in Minneapolis, serving as one of their first host homes.

As a provider of services and housing to youth experiencing homelessness, Rich has always been grateful for the voice brought to the national policy arena by the National Network for Youth and remains dedicated to their mission to transform systems so that no young person in America experiences

Rich attended the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1992 and a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. Rich and his husband (Aaron) have six adoptive children and live in Portland, Maine.