Richard Glenn was born in 1963 in Mountain View, California. His father worked at the DEW-Line station in Barrow, where he met and married a local woman, Alice Ahmaogak. Richard spent his childhood and youth between California and Barrow, learning the skills of both cultures. As a young teenager, he learned to hunt from his grandfather, Walton Ahmaogak, and his uncle, Savik Ahmaogak. He was soon going out seal hunting with them, and eventually went whaling with Savik, as well as with his other uncle, George Ahmaogak. Richard learned the details of being a good whaler and understanding sea ice and being safe in a dynamic environment. In the late 1990s, he joined with his cousin, Roy Ahmaogak, to form their own whaling crew. Richard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from San Jose State University in 1985 and a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 1991. He has worked on petroleum geologic studies, field geologic mapping, structural geology, permafrost, and sea ice studies. He has served on the United States Arctic Research Commission; Ilisagvik College Board of Trustees; Barrow Arctic Science Consortium; and the Native American Science Education Commission. He was the director of the Department of Energy Management, North Slope Borough from 1995 to 2001; was general manager of Barrow Technical Services, which provided project management consulting and geologic and scientific research support services; and was a geologist for the Arctic Slope Consulting Group. He began employment with Arctic Slope Regional Corporation in 2001, and currently is Executive Vice-President for Lands and Natural Resources.