Ronald B. Richard has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Foundation since 2003. He assumed this position after holding a variety of senior management positions in government, private enterprise, and the nonprofit sector over a 27-year period.
Early in his career, Ronald Richard was a U.S. diplomat, serving at the American Consulate General in Osaka/Kobe, Japan and at the U.S. State Department. Richard’s 13 years at Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) included time spent as head of the company’s North American research and development operations.
Immediately prior to joining the foundation, Richard was the managing director and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. In this role, he worked to ensure the prompt and effective delivery of In-Q-Tel-sourced technologies into the U.S. intelligence community.
Richard serves on the boards of several organizations, including:
• Council on Foundations
• Finca Vigia (dedicated to preserving Ernest Hemingway's home in Cuba)
• Living Cities
• Ohio Grantmakers Forum
• Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital National Leadership Council
Richard also serves on two corporate boards in the biotechnology and metals sectors. He chairs the Ohio Grantmakers Forum Task Force on Educational Reform and is a member of the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations. In January 2009, he was asked by then-Governor Ted Strickland to fill the volunteer, temporary post of "infrastructure czar" to oversee the expenditure of federal stimulus funds in Ohio.
Richard holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, and honorary doctorates from Baldwin-Wallace and Notre Dame colleges.
He received an African-American President's Council Champion Award for his work in the area of inclusive economic development, Wheaton College's Otis Award for Social Justice, and a Champion of Sustainability Award from the Entrepreneurs for Sustainability. Richard also is a member of the Hiram College Garfield Society.