President, World Vision
Richard Stearns is the President of World Vision U.S., one of the world’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organizations. Rich has brought strong leadership and oversight to World Vision U.S. since 1998, when he left his position as CEO of Lenox to follow what he felt as a distinct call from God on his life. Prior to his tenure at Lenox, Stearns was CEO of Parker Brothers Games. He holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, Stearns was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the White House. As president of World Vision U.S., Stearns has built a strong leadership team focused on bringing corporate best practices to the nonprofit sector. Stearns is the author of several books, including the award-winning The Hole in Our Gospel and Unfinished. With his wife, Reneé, he has also published a children’s Bible storybook and a 90-day devotional.