Richard S. Parnell
Rick serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund. Rick oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, including finance, grants, budget, HR, operations and board liaison. He supervises the Foundation staff of more than 250 people and ensures the efficient and effective allocation of resources to maximize the impact of a budget of more than US$100 million annually. Rick, Kathy, and the Leadership Team are responsible for creating and directing the Foundation's core mission and activities.
Rick serves on the Partnership Board of the mHealth Alliance; the Board of Directors of the U.S. Fund for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Board of Directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council; the Board of Directors of the Mobile Hub; and is the Chair of the Independent Sector C-Suite Program.
Before joining the United Nations Foundation in 2001, Rick was the Senior Operations Officer for the American Red Cross National Development team and oversaw the day-to-day operations of a $1 billion fund-raising campaign for the national organization and its 1,100 local chapters.
Rick also served as Chief of Staff to the President of the University of Florida for 10 years. He holds a B.A. in American History from the University of Florida.