Baum was involved in the Eliot Spitzer political surveillance controversy in 2007. He was previously Spitzer's chief of staff in the office of the Attorney General. He tendered his resignation as Secretary to the Governor on March 16, 2008. In May 2008 Baum become the first COO of The New York Academy of Sciences. In 2011 he joined New York University as Chief of Staff to the President.
Mr. Baum's legal name is Richard Baum. He is an only child who grew up in Middletown, New York and he was born in 1969.
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- "Richard Baum". New York Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 25 February 2011.
- "NYU Organizational Chart - Office of the President". New York University. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
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