One of six children, ordained following graduation from Harvard Divinity School, Rich joined the staff of the Memorial Church at Harvard University.
In 1990, Rich founded the Log Cabin Republicans and today it is the nation's largest gay Republican organization and the single largest gay source of campaign contributions to gay-supportive Republican candidates. Rich, as executive director and founding president of the Log Cabin Republicans, was named one of the nation's 30 most influential gay leaders by Newsweek and has twice made Out magazine's top 100 list.
Rich worked for the administration of former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R). Between 1991 and 1993 he served as the Director of Adolescent Health Services in the Weld administration. In 2000, Rich was chosen by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans.
He refused to endorse George Bush Sr. for re-election. In 2002 Rich was certified as a Franklin Covey Coach and was asked to serve on their Innovation Advisory Board. Rich is a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and the International Coaching Federation. He stepped down of Log Cabin Republicans, who stepped down in November 2002 after more than a decade in the post.
In 2003, Rich founded RLT Strategies as a way to offer his executive coaching strategies to inspirational leaders on important issues, including health care, education, religion, politics and the media. He also serves as Vice Chairman of AIDS Responsibility Project and joined a staff Congressional Delegation to Africa in August 2003 and South America in 2004 to study AIDS service programs.
Rich lives in Washington, DC with his partner Flavio. He preaches frequently at Church of the Holy City in Washington, DC.