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Ronald B. Richard

Ronald B. RichardExecutive Office

President and Chief Executive Officer

Senior Executive Assistant: Kimberly Sabo 216.685.2001

Ronn Richard is president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Richard has held a variety of senior management positions in government, the private sector and the nonprofit sector.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2003, Mr. Richard was managing director and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. In this role, he worked to ensure the prompt and effective delivery of new technologies to the U.S. intelligence community. 

Before joining In-Q-Tel, Mr. Richard spent 13 years at Panasonic in key management positions, including president of the company’s North American research and development operations; president of Panasonic Home & Commercial Products Company, a major sales and marketing division of Panasonic USA; president of Panasonic Strategic Ventures Company, in charge of mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances; vice president for planning, technology, and public affairs, which included heading up Panasonic's corporate philanthropy; and vice president for internet business development. 

From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Richard was a career U.S. Foreign Service officer, serving at the American consulate general in Osaka/Kobe, Japan, and as a desk officer for North Korean, Greek and Turkish affairs, respectively, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.  He also was a Pearson Program fellow in San Francisco, where he researched and reported on U.S.-East Asian and U.S.-Latin American trade, investment flows and technology transfers.

Mr. Richard began his career as director of the national public affairs program service at the nonprofit Japan Society in New York City.

Mr. Richard has served on the board of trustees of Spelman College and the board of advisers of the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He was a visiting professor for international business at Bennett College in North Carolina during the spring 2003 semester. For many years, he served as chairman and then as a member of the board of trustees of the International Biomedical Research Alliance (an academic joint venture between NIH-Oxford and Cambridge universities). In 2012, he was a scholar in residence at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy.

Currently, Mr. Richard serves on the board of directors of the Unify Project and United Way of Greater Cleveland. He is board chair of Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation and the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation. He is lead independent director of the board of directors of Emergent BioSolutions, a public biopharmaceutical company.

Mr. Richard is a former member of the board of the Council on Foundations, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Global Cleveland, NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology, and Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. From January 2009 to November 2010, he served then-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration as the appointed, volunteer infrastructure czar, overseeing the expenditure of federal stimulus funds in the state. He currently serves on the Jobs Ohio oversight board.

Mr. Richard holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a bachelor’s degree in American history and Japanese studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and honorary doctorates from Notre Dame College and Baldwin Wallace University. He is a recipient of the African-American President’s Council Champion Award for his work in inclusive economic development. In 2007, he received Wheaton College’s Otis Award for Social Justice (previous recipients include Sen. Edward Kennedy, Gloria Steinem and Marian Wright Edelman). Mr. Richard was inducted into Hiram College’s Garfield Society, the college’s highest honor, and received Entrepreneurs for Sustainability’s 2007 Champion of Sustainability award. In 2014, Mr. Richard received Case Western Reserve University’s President’s Award for Visionary Achievement. In 2017, Mr. Richard received the Council on Foundations’ Distinguished Service Award, which celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of philanthropy, and he was also inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame.  Mr. Richard was named 2018’s most powerful person in Greater Cleveland on Cleveland Magazine’s Community Leader Power 100 list.

Mr. Richard is married to Bess Rodriguez, an artist, and has two children, Susanna and Nicholas.

Megan Wilson

Megan WilsonExecutive Office

Chief of Staff

216.685.4005 |

Megan Wilson rejoined the foundation as chief of staff in April 2018 after working in operations with BioMotiv, the mission-driven company associated with The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development, a national initiative centered at University Hospitals in Cleveland. While at BioMotiv, Megan’s core work was with the Technical Operations team, leveraging technologies and process to create more efficient workflows for the team. Megan also led the marketing and communication efforts for BioMotiv and its portfolio companies.

Prior to joining BioMotiv, Megan worked with the foundation on the donor relations team. She served as a donor relations assistant providing support to the director of donor relations and the donor relations officers. Megan assisted with donor events, responsive donor services and several of the foundation’s supporting organizations.

Megan serves the Cleveland community through various volunteer capacities related to social services and human trafficking. In her graduate coursework, she focused her studies on the relationship between city, state and federal governments as they address the issue of human trafficking. Megan previously served Cleveland’s art community in various capacities with the Cleveland Museum of Art, SPACES gallery, Art House, Inc. and Rachel Davis Fine Arts.

Megan received her master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University and her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University, with a focus on business administration and art history.

Courtney Lehmann

Courtney LehmannExecutive Office

Board Governance & Executive Office Assistant

216.615.7172 |

Courtney Lehmann joined the Cleveland Foundation in March 2020 as Board Governance & Executive Office Assistant. In her role, Courtney supports the Chief of Staff with the overall management of administrative processes related to the foundation board of directors and board standing committee meetings. In addition, Courtney assists the Senior Executive Assistant by providing administrative support to the executive team of the foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Courtney served as Office Manager and as the official liaison to the board of directors at Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo).

Courtney holds a Paralegal Certificate from Columbus State Community College and bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science from Eastern Michigan University.

Kimberly Sabo

Kimberly SaboExecutive Office

Senior Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

216.685.2001 |

Kimberly Sabo joined the staff of the Cleveland Foundation in December 2011. She has served in various capacities at the senior executive assistance level for more than two decades. For the majority of her career, Kimberly directly supported Peter B. Lewis, former president and CEO and the current chairman of the board of Progressive Corporation, where she managed his calendar, travel, and correspondence; arranged for board meetings and off-site retreats; served as liaison to staff; and supported Lewis' philanthropic initiatives. After leaving Progressive in 2003, Kimberly became the executive assistant to the president and CEO of Lake View Cemetery where she worked for four years. She also has worked as the executive assistant to the president and CEO of Magellan Biosciences, Inc., a privately held, global medical and laboratory equipment developer headquartered in Massachusetts.