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On Monday, May 8, 2017, Richard Ferlauto, 60, loving husband to Hillary Horn and father to Max and Lucia, passed away in his sleep. He is also survived by his parents Rochelle and Ed, his brother Steven and his sister Diana and her husband Tom Dalsimer. Rich was a pioneer in the area of socially responsible investing. Rich began his career as a community organizer and affordable housing activist. He later worked for union rights and rose to the position of Director of Corporate Governance and Pension Investments for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). He also helped launch the Office of Investments at the AFL-CIO (The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations). In addition, Rich served as a Deputy Director at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Most recently, Rich co-founded the 50/50 Climate Project which persuades corporate boards to respond to the challenges of climate change. Rich co-authored two books on affordable and employer-assisted housing and was often in the media discussing values based investing. Rich was a Renaissance man who loved jazz and folk music, theater, organic gardening and vegetarian cooking, with a passion for Neapolitan pizza made in a backyard oven that he built. Most of all he loved his family. A memorial service will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Rodef Shalom's Tikkun Olam/Social Action Fund, 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church, VA 22043 or Please view and sign the family guestbook at  

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Published in The Washington Post on May 10, 2017.
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June 9, 2017
Rich was a wonderful man who will be missed by so many. My condolences to his family.
Sandy Wheat
May 26, 2017
My heart goes out to Rich's family. I knew Rich from childhood when the seeds of social justice activism were just being sewn. He was a stand-out intellect in High School and when he went off to Georgetown we sensed he would become a changemaker, a leader. Now reading the highlights of his professional and family life I can only imagine all the people he touched. As terrible as this loss is, I hope his wife and children and his parents and siblings will be comforted knowing his was a life well-lived. Sending love and light to you all.
Alyson Miller-Greenfield
May 25, 2017
Very sad to see him gone. We often did not agree but he was impossible not to like.
Drew Buckley
May 16, 2017
Richard was a decent "inside of the Beltway" kind of guy, a populist who knew how to deal with a variety of different people and give them some good education as to how this world should operate.
Vic Dorino
May 15, 2017
Partners for a New Economy sends our deepest condolences. Rich was a visionary and leaves a significant legacy behind him. We are grateful for his leadership and honored that we were able to support his work. He will be sorely missed.

Our sincere regards,

Leslie Harroun and the P4NE Board of Directors
May 14, 2017
I am shocked and saddened to learn that Rich is gone. He was a very smart and capable and nice good person. His loss reminds me to hold good people closer than we all do. My thoughts are with you Hilary.
Ann Hoffman
May 11, 2017
Rich made such incredibly unique contributions to both effective social justice initiatives and his community. He touched so many politically and personally and had such an impact. Hope Max and Lucy were able to capture some of his special stories. Hillary thank you so much for the amazing strength and spirit, all the years of support you have given especially through this latest struggle.
Angie, Kyle & Jade Fa
May 11, 2017
Rich was a tremendous force for change and a wonderful person. He was man of zeal without zealotry, and ideology without being an ideologue. It's a shock to lose him so suddenly and so soon. I will miss Rich.
Leonard Bumbaca
May 11, 2017
I had the privledge to meet Rich during my first term on the CalSTRS Board -- Over the years, Rich always stretched my thinking and enhanced my
knowledge -- More inportantly, I will remember
Rich for his warm smile, compassionate heart
and loving spirit -- You will be missed, but your contributions will live on. RIP, Rich.

Harry Keiley
May 11, 2017
I have wonderful memories of Rich's cooking at Seder's and dinners over the years. His joy in the details of the process and the result were contagious. I also saw Rich's big heart when he would call to get us to a Hillary surprise party or share raves about Lucy and Max's latest accomplishment. xxx Allison
Allison Porter
May 11, 2017
I'll miss my friend and colleague. A brilliant and thoughtful advocate.
Bill Wasserman
May 10, 2017
I have been privileged to know, listen to, and sometimes work with Rich for many years. He was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor who was also a passionate advocate for those causes he so strongly believed in. He will be sorely missed by all of us in the governance area. My condolences to you in your time of sorrow.
Andrew Clearfield
May 10, 2017
I met Rich in NYC and the watched his career grow in the capital strategies arena in DC over the years. He made a real difference for workers. I wish his family peace.
Regina M.
May 10, 2017
Rich was a true mensch...a wonderful guy who was great fun to be with and who was always focused on making the world we all live in a better place.
John Olson
May 10, 2017
Our condolences to the Ferlauto family for the loss of your dear loved one. We are thinking of you at this difficult time, and hoping that you find comfort in your memories of happier moments
May 10, 2017
I'm so incredibly saddened to hear of Rich's passing. I worked for him in the mid-late 90's at ISS/Proxy Voter Services where we helped labor unions exercise their shareholder votes with major financial institutions. He was great to work with and a great person to learn from. Wishing his family all the best at this very difficult time.
Nancy Monroe
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