Richard de Sam Lazaro manages state and local government affairs for Expedia Group, a family of travel and technology brands including Expedia.com, Travelocity, Hotwire, Orbitz, and VRBO. In this capacity, Richard oversees Expedia Group’s regulatory and public policy efforts in municipalities, counties, and states/provinces across the Western United States and Canada.
Prior to joining Expedia Group in 2017, Richard served for several years on the staff of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). As Senator Murray’s coordinator on Health and Education, Richard developed the Senator’s relationships with stakeholders in Washington State with a particular focus on coalescing the region’s community of NIH recipients and increasing communication between Washington State’s health innovators, providers and payers.
Richard first began working with the Washington Global Health Alliance in 2012, when he assisted Jay Inslee in developing a set of policy proposals to foster growth in the state’s life science and global health cluster.
Richard lives in Seattle’s Central District with his wife, Madeline, and their dog Dan. In his free time he enjoys traveling and serves on the boards of Child Care Resources, YouthCare, and the Washington Global Health Alliance.