Robert Acton

Rob Acton, J.D. is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Cause Strategy Partners, BoardLead and BoardLearn. To date, the organization has placed, trained and supported over one thousand professionals across the country for nonprofit board service through corporate partnerships with JPMorgan Chase, PwC, Google, LinkedIn, BlackRock, Credit Suisse, Adobe, Burt’s Bees, United Airlines, and others. The firm’s client list includes a number of private foundations, as well, including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, The New York Community Trust, The Greater Houston Community Foundation, The Heckscher Foundation for Children, and The Joyce Foundation, to name a few.

Rob has nearly three decades of experience founding, leading and scaling social good organizations as both a nonprofit chief executive and board leader. He served for 11 years as Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations: Taproot Foundation in New York City and Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago. Under Rob’s leadership, CGLA received the prestigious Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence.

Rob is a recognized expert on nonprofit governance and presents regularly at Fortune 500 companies and professional services firms, as well at national and international nonprofit and philanthropic convenings. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, Advisory Boards and Governmental Commissions over the years. Rob currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Nonprofit New York and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Broadway Inspirational Voices. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Parkes Philanthropy.

Rob is a member of the Bar of the State of New York. He attended Michigan public schools, Spring Arbor University & Brooklyn Law School.

Rob’s causes: second chances for ex-offenders, nonprofit capacity building and the performing arts.

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