Richard E. Stearns is president and CEO of World Vision U.S., the largest privately funded humanitarian aid agency in the world. After a quarter-century business career serving as CEO of two different corporations--including Parker Brothers Games and Lenox, Inc--he joined World Vision in 1998 and has led World Vision’s U.S. office to unprecedented growth. Stearns has built a strong leadership team focused on bringing corporate best practices to the non-profit sector and inspiring a culture of outcome-focused management at all levels of the organization.
With more than 1,100 staff in the United States and 45,000 worldwide, World Vision partners with a wide spectrum of U.S. corporations, government agencies, foundations, churches, and more than a million individual donors to help children and their communities reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.
Stearns has served on the boards of USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, InterAction, The ONE Campaign, the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty, and Seattle Pacific University. He served in the inaugural year of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He earned a BS degree from Cornell University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Stearns chronicles his journey from success in the corporate sector to his calling at World Vision in his book, The Hole in Our Gospel, named the 2010 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He and his wife, Reneé, live in the Seattle area and have five grown children.