Richard Carbo is a veteran communications professional with more than 15 years of experience working in government and politics.
Prior to joining S-3 Group, Carbo served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. During that time, he oversaw Gov. Edwards’ communications and political strategy. Carbo led the communications efforts surrounding the passage of historic criminal justice reforms, a legislative agenda that included significant investments in education, and in the wake of devastating natural disasters throughout the state. In 2019, he left the administration to serve as campaign manager for the Governor’s successful re-election campaign. After a nearly $100 million campaign, Gov. Edwards won re-election - becoming the first Democratic incumbent Governor to win re-election in the state of Louisiana in nearly 40 years. Carbo was named the 2020 Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants and the Edwards Campaign won overall Campaign of the Year. Carbo also spent more than seven years on Capitol Hill working for U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, focusing on communications efforts in her capacity as Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Congressman John Barrow, and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux.
In 2020, Carbo formed Carbo Consulting, a strategic communications and government relations firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He created and managed A Stronger Louisiana, a 501 (c)(4) that promoted Gov. Edwards’ legislative agenda and response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as candidates for U.S. Congress, municipal races, and Louisiana Supreme Court. Carbo was also the co-lead for Louisiana Wins, a statewide campaign organized by the gaming industry that sought approval of sports wagering in the state of Louisiana. The ballot measure won approval in 55 of 64 parishes in the state in the Fall 2020 campaign.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.