For more than 25 years Rick Parnell has served at the top levels of non-profit and higher education leadership. Rick is an internationally recognized leader with a proven ability to build organizational strength and reputation and a skilled strategist and infrastructure builder with a passion for fostering change and enabling people and organizations to realize their full potential through building cultures of kindness, inclusion, and trust.
Rick’s leadership positions include Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Foundation, President and CEO of the Foundation for Climate Restoration, CEO of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Director of Operations at the American Red Cross National Headquarters, Chief of Staff to the President of the University of Florida and the Founder and CEO of RSP Advisors.
Rick serves on the Board of Directors and is Board Treasurer of the U.S. Fund for the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB, & Malaria, former Board member of the Stone Barns Center, Founder and former Board member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Coalition, Former Board member of the Foundation for Climate Restoration, Former Board Member of the mHealth Alliance, Founding Board Chair of the Digital Impact Alliance, Founder and Chair of the Independent Sector C Suite Initiative, and is a member of the Economic Club of Washington DC and the Cosmos Club.
Rick and his husband Christopher enjoy spending time with their dogs Audrey and Rose.