As a Senior Fellow for the Foundation, Richard helps lead the Business Civic Leadership Center's efforts to engage the business community in managing sustainable supply chains, building non-profit capacity, and responding to disasters. In addition to his role at BCLC, Richard also founded Crespin Enterprises, a boutique consulting firm advising companies and nonprofits on how to work and play better together in tackling big social problems. He also heads business outreach for the US Global Leadership Coalition which works to engage Americans on the importance of America's role in international development and diplomacy as key tools in growing exports and jobs at home.
Prior his appointment as a Senior Fellow, Richard served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and as President of SharedXpertise Media, the publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. As the professional society for corporate responsibility executives, the CROA represents the voice of corporate citizenship practitioners at some of the world's largest companies. For over 14 years, Corporate Responsibility Magazineand its COMMIT!Forumhave called on companies to make commitments that will transform their operations and change the world. With a circulation of over 20,000 senior executives, the Magazine provides the most trusted and widely read coverage on corporate responsibility.
During his career, Richard has worked across the private, public, and civil sectors, including with some of the world's largest financial institutions, the American Red Cross, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the US Department of Defense. He founded The Delve Group, Inc, a premier market research firm, worked for American Management Systems, and before that for KPMG. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having started several small businesses and non-profits.
Richard is an alumnus of both the George Washington University and the Harvard Business School. He also currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, on the Board of Advisors for the CROA, on the Editorial Board of the Sustainable Business Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development. He is also a Past President of the George Washington Alumni Association. He is a sought after speaker on corporate responsibility, public/private partnerships, business ethics, and non-profit capacity building. He and his wife Emily live in Falls Church, VA where they practice "extreme parenting" with their three young children.