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Richard Crespin, At-Large Trustee
CEO, Crespin Enterprises
Senior Fellow, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Director of Business Outreach, US Global Leadership Coalition
Richard Crespin is the CEO of Crespin Enterprises, a boutique consulting firm advising businesses and non-profits on how to work together to solve big problems. Every nonprofit is a business and every business has a social mission. They just don't always know it or act like it so Richard works with firms to find their unique social mission where they can make significant impact and with non-profits to build programs that attract companies as partners and donors. On behalf of his clients, Richard makes strategic introductions, translates the needs of businesses to NGOs and vice-versa, and structures outcome-oriented partnerships that amplify impact and get results faster at lower cost.
In addition, Richard is a Senior Fellow of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, focusing on nonprofit capacity building and community resiliency. He is also a Senior Advisor to IO Consulting and the Institute for Public Private Solutions (IPPS), directs the US Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) outreach to the business community on international development issues, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board for the Corporate Responsibility Association.
From 2008 to 2013, 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 a professional society, the CROA represents the voice of corporate citizenship practitioners at some of the world's largest companies. For over 14 years, Corporate Responsibility Magazine and its COMMIT!Forum have called on companies to make commitments that will 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 several large financial institutions, the American Red Cross, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Department of Defense. He founded The Delve Group, Inc, a premier market research firm, worked for American Management Systems, and 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 currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the CROA, on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Business Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development. He is a Past President of the George Washington Alumni Association and 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.