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. Richardâ€™s 13 years at Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) included time spent as head of the companyâ€™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 CIAâ€™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:
â€¢ Council on Foundations
â€¢ Finca Vigia (dedicated to preserving Ernest Hemingway's home in Cuba)
â€¢ Living Cities
â€¢ Ohio Grantmakers Forum
â€¢ 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 masterâ€™s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a bachelorâ€™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.