Robert Richardson, MBA

Rob Richardson, MBA is a senior strategist who bridges business and academia to advance the objectives of each. He is an educator and business leader with a career as the head of major non-profit, philanthropic, and educational programs and organizations.

He has played communications and leadership roles at The Conference Board and the Committee for Economic Development where he prepared business leaders to amplify their voice and direct corporate resources to propel state and local education improvement. He led program development and fund raising at Achieve, Inc. and Change the Equation, national non-profit organizations launched and supported by CEOs.

From 2001-2011, Rob served as the East Coast Education Manager for Intel Corporation.  He provided strategic direction to Intel’s investments in K-12 schools and higher education to improve programs in math, science, and engineering, particularly for women and under-represented minorities.  Previously, Rob was the founder and president of a regional education center for nine years providing professional development for teachers in 10 school districts. In this capacity, his organization won a White House citation for public/private partnerships.

Selected Achievements:

  • Consulted with local and state education leadership teams to develop new strategic plans and build communication and accountability systems. 
  • Developed education programs that have achieved success and renown. More than 2 million students in 50 states have completed one program, and another became the official standard of the state Department of Education in 7 states.
  • Guided business leaders in making $750 million in annual strategic donations to STEM-related philanthropy by co-authoring a rubric tool and coordinating training efforts.

Rob received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.