Richard K. Barnhart

Co-founder and Board Member

As Co-founder and Board Member of Contour Housing Partners, Richard K. Barnhart works directly with the firm’s leadership team to establish the vision for the long-term success of Contour, with a focus on its fiduciary management and financial oversight, fundraising and resource development, and corporate governance. 

Richard began his career in 1985, as co-owner and then president of Pennrose Properties, LLC, a vertically integrated real estate company. Today, under Richard’s continued leadership as the firm’s Executive Chairman of the Board, Pennrose has achieved national recognition as a leader in the creation, preservation and management of over 350 diverse, mixed-use and mixed-income communities of choice.  Richard is also a nationally recognized speaker on real estate finance and development and has testified before the United States Senate on housing issues. He has been recognized nationally by Multi-Housing News, as its Executive of the Year. 

Beyond his business activities, Richard participates in numerous charitable and community activities. Mr. Barnhart received a Bachelor of Science degree in real estate and insurance from Pennsylvania State University.