Revitalizing America's Post-Industrial Cities: Some Lessons from Cleveland Ronald "Ronn" Richard President and CEO, The Cleveland Foundation
Over the past 24 years, Ronn Richard has held a variety of senior management positions in government, the private sector, and the non-profit sector.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Richard was COO and managing partner of In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital fund. Before joining In-Q-Tel, he spent 13 years at Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) in senior management positions, including president of North American R&D operations; president of Panasonic Home & Commercial Products Company; president of Panasonic Strategic Ventures Company; vice president for planning, technology, and public affairs, which included heading up Panasonic's corporate philanthropy; and as vice president for internet business development.
Early in his career, Richard was a U.S. diplomat, serving at the American Consulate General in Osaka/Kobe, Japan and at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. as a desk officer for North Korean, Greek and Turkish affairs, respectively. He also served in San Francisco as a Pearson Program Fellow where he researched and reported on U.S.-East Asian and U.S.-Latin American trade and investment flows and technology transfers.
Richard began his career at the non-profit Japan Society in New York City as director of the national public affairs program. He served for many years on the board of trustees of Spelman College and on the board of advisors of the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Currently he serves on the board of trustees of the International Biomedical Research Alliance. Since his arrival in Cleveland, he has been appointed to the boards of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Ohio Grantmakers Forum, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Ohio Business Development Coalition, Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital National Leadership Council, Friends of the Mentally Retarded Campaign Committee, and several corporate boards.