Richard Crespin

CEO, CollaborateUp

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 was previously a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is currently a Senior Advisor to IO Consulting and the Institute for Public Private Solutions (IPPS). He also advises the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) on its outreach to the business community on international development issues and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board for the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association.

From 2008 - 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 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 Magazine and its COMMIT!Forum have 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.

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