In 2007, Richard May and his wife Kelli experienced the devastating loss of their first child, Madeleine, who died the day she was to be born. Madeleine’s cause of death was unknown and unexplained.
In coordination with the MISS Foundation, May advocates for further stillbirth research appropriations through the U.S. Congress and the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development and the Stillbirth Research and Awareness Acts. In 2008, May helped generate an extra $1 million dollars of stillbirth research Dr. Cacciatore and the MISS foundation first initiated in 2003. As congressional liaison for the MISS Foundation, May helps with MISSing Angels state bills, research/congressional legislation, and other key advocacy issues affecting bereaved parents.
He began his career in politics twenty-five years ago when he led a grassroots campaign to create the first city music commission in the United States. He was then appointed as one of the youngest City of Austin Music Commissioners serving three terms. As a City Commissioner, May helped create the first-ever, city-sponsored music television channel in the world and officially designate Austin as the “Live Music Capital of the World”. May also served one term on the City of Austin Airport Advisory Board ensuring that Austin’s vibrant music identity permeates the Austin airport.
May clerked for the Texas House of Representatives Appropriations Committee and then was hired to do government relations for Texas’ groundwater districts. For the past 20 years, May has worked for a national trade association and represented their industry before Congress, the media and the financial community.
May also volunteered as Director of the Arts Alliance, a grassroots political advocacy group he founded in 2003. Combining visual, performance, film, music and literature, May advocated on the behalf of the Arts industry before the City of Austin and the state of Texas from 2003-07.