Richard Crespin is a successful entrepreneur, business community organizer, and award-winning filmmaker. As CEO of CollaborateUp, an elite consulting firm advising businesses and non-profits on how to work together to solve big problems, Richard uses the CollaborateUp Formula to work with firms to find their unique social mission where they can make significant impact and with governments and non-profits to build programs that attract companies as partners and donors. On behalf of his clients, Richard structures outcome-oriented partnerships that amplify impact and get results faster and at lower cost.
In addition to his work with CollaborateUp, Richard serves as a Senior Fellow for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where he works to engage businesses around the country to tackle a variety of pressing issues, including sustainability, community-wide health, and disaster recovery. He is also on the executive education faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health, a regular lecturer at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University where he teaches on social innovation, international development, and public-private partnership.
In addition to these roles, Richard serves on the Board of Directors for the Office Depot Foundation chairing its Governance Committee and serving on its Executive Committee, on the Board of Advisors for the Corporate Responsibility Association, and on the Advisory Board of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. From 2008 to 2013, Richard served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Association and as President of SharedXpertise Media, the publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. As a professional society, the CRA represents the voice of corporate citizenship practitioners at some of the world's largest companies. For over 16 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, and worked for American Management Systems, and for KPMG. As a serial entrepreneur, Richard has started several small businesses and non-profits.
Richard is an alumnus of both the George Washington University and the Harvard Business School. 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. In 2014-15, Richard helped architect and served as Executive Producer of The Bee Understanding Project, a ground-breaking job-swap program and TellyTM award-winning documentary short film, that had beekeepers, farmers, crop advisors, and entomologists swap jobs and see how their decisions impact bees and the food chain. Honey bee pollination contributes to one in three bites of food we eat and over $60 billion in North American Agriculture, making bees one of the most important players in our modern food system. He and his wife Emily live in Falls Church, VA where they practice "extreme parenting" with their three young children.