Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Ronald B. Richard

President & CEO

The Cleveland Foundation

Ronn Richard has served as president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation since 2003.

Over the past 30 years, Mr. Richard has held a variety of senior management positions in government, the private sector and the nonprofit sector.

Early in his career, Mr. Richard was a diplomat, serving at the American consulate general in Osaka/Kobe, Japan, and at the U.S. State Department. Mr. Richard’s 13 years at Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) included stints heading the company’s North American research and development operations and one of its largest sales companies, which taught him that achievement and learning come only with risk and, sometimes, failure.

Just before joining the foundation, Mr. Richard was managing director and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund.

Mr. Richard serves on the board of directors of Global Cleveland, NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology, Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. He is board chair of Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation and Evergreen Cooperative Corporation, and lead director of the board of directors of Emergent Biosolutions, a public biopharmaceutical company.

He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, a bachelor’s degree in American history and Japanese studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and honorary doctorates from Baldwin Wallace University and Notre Dame College. In 2012, he was a scholar in residence at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy. In April, Mr. Richard will receive the Council on Foundations’ 2017 Distinguished Service Award, which celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of philanthropy.