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 more than 1,500 professionals in the United States and United Kingdom for nonprofit board service through corporate partnerships with over 40 Fortune 500 companies and global professional services firms including JPMorgan Chase, PwC, Google, Adobe, NBCUniversal, LinkedIn, BlackRock, Comcast, Credit Suisse, Burt’s Bees, and United Airlines. 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 good governance and nonprofit leadership, training thousands of executives and employees from Fortune 500 companies and professionals services firm each year. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, Advisory Boards and Governmental Commissions. Rob currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Broadway Inspirational Voices and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Nonprofit New York. 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: the performing arts, second chances for ex-offenders, and nonprofit capacity building.
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