Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Robert G. Ottenhoff

President and CEO

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Robert G. Ottenhoff, a veteran in philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, and entrepreneurship, is the inaugural president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

CDP seeks to transform how donors think about, respond and give to natural disasters, moving it from reactive response, to one focused on increasing strategy and impact. CDP offers information, analysis and reports about disasters on its website and provides tools, expert analysis and strategic guidance. The Chronicle of Philanthropy recognized the launch of CDP as “one of the five high points of 2012”
Prior to joining CDP, Bob spent a decade as president and CEO of GuideStar, an industry leader in the use of providing high-quality data to help donors make better decisions and improve nonprofit practice. He led efforts to develop a nationally respected, comprehensive source of reports and services on more than 1.5 million nonprofits and built partnerships with many leading corporations and foundations. While there, Bob developed a sustainable “freemium” business model which supports free and fee-based services to more than 10 million users annually and generates most of GuideStar’s operating revenues.
Before GuideStar, he had more than 25 years of management experience in public broadcasting, including nearly ten years as chief operating officer, and acting president, of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); serving as executive director of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority; and founding WBGO-FM, in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.