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Ronald B. Richard

Ronald B. RichardExecutive Office

President and Chief Executive Officer

Board Governance & Executive Office Assistant: Courtney Lehmann, 216.615.7172

Ronn Richard has served as president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation since 2003. 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, 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 was also 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.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Richard has served on a number of nonprofit, corporate and public sector boards. He 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, and in 2012 he was a scholar in residence at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy. He was the founding chairman and has served for many years on the board of trustees of the International Biomedical Research Alliance, an academic joint venture between NIH-Oxford and Cambridge universities. Mr. Richard is a former member of the board of the Council on Foundations, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Global Cleveland, and NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology. He was the founding chairman of the board of the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. In January 2009 he was appointed by then-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland as Infrastructure Czar, overseeing the expenditure of federal stimulus funds in the state. During the administration of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, he served on the Jobs Ohio oversight board.

Currently, Mr. Richard serves on the board of directors of local and national nonprofit organizations including the Unify Project, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and the Partnership for American Democracy. He is board chair of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation and the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation.

Mr. Richard has also served for many years on several corporate boards. He has served on the board of public biopharmaceutical company Emergent BioSolutions for more than 16 years and has been the lead independent director for much of that time. He also currently serves on the boards of Convelo and Folio Photonics, both Cleveland-based startup companies that he helped to establish.  

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, Baldwin Wallace University, and the Northeast Ohio Medical 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 Northeast Ohio 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.

Lillian A. Kuri

Lillian A. KuriExecutive Office

Cleveland Foundation Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President & CEO-elect

Executive Coordinator: Donna Johnson, 216.615.7168

In her role as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Lillian is leading the development of the foundation’s new strategic plan and the design execution, operations and community planning for the foundation’s move of its headquarters to MidTown/Hough, and she co-leads the foundation’s social impact investing strategy, a portfolio of investments including program related investments (PRIs) and recoverable grants. The Cleveland Foundation currently has a $34 million loan pool for PRIs. In 2019, the foundation announced a new goal of $150 million in social impact investments by 2022.  

Lillian joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2005 as a consultant to develop a comprehensive strategy for one of the foundation’s priority strategic initiatives: the revitalization of the Greater University Circle area, now one of the nation’s leading comprehensive anchor institution development strategies. This placed-based initiative places equity and sustainability at its core through the integration of cross-cutting issues such as transportation, mixed-use development, housing incentives, education, sustainability, community health, and economic inclusion. Lillian was one of the early founders of the Evergreen Cooperatives – a groundbreaking initiative to create community wealth through a connected group of worker-owned businesses in Greater University Circle.

She officially joined the staff in 2007 as a Program Director and in 2016 was promoted to Vice President, Strategic Grantmaking, Arts & Urban Design, focusing her work on arts, culture and placemaking, including the foundation’s arts mastery initiatives, which bring year-round, rigorous, mastery-based programs in theater, music, and visual arts to over 3,000 underserved children annually. She also managed the foundation’s international residency program, Creative Fusion. Over the last several years, she has also played a key role in strengthening the foundation’s work in social impact and mission-related investing, economic and workforce development, and sustainability initiatives. 

Lillian has more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art and held positions as the manager for the City of Cleveland’s Citywide Plan as well as project coordinator for the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. As the Executive Director of Cleveland Public Art from 2000-2004, she was responsible for the implementation of over $4 million in projects over her 4-year tenure.

Lillian holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University. She is a licensed architect in the state of Ohio and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. She currently serves as Chair of the Cleveland Planning Commission.

Megan Wilson

Megan WilsonExecutive Office

Chief of Staff and Director, Public Policy & Government Relations

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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.

Donna Johnson

Donna JohnsonExecutive Office

Executive Coordinator

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Donna Johnson, who joined the foundation in 2006, is executive coordinator to Lillian Kuri and Leon Wilson. She provides administrative support, oversees department operations, and handles special projects.

Donna has more than 25 years of administrative experience in the nonprofit and community development sectors. Prior to joining the foundation, Donna served as an executive director for a nonprofit community arts organization. She has worked as a consultant for nonprofit arts organizations providing grant writing and project management services. Donna also worked at ShoreBank, Cleveland,  and in the development department of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Donna is a graduate of John Hay High School and attended Bowling Green State University.

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.