Author: Robert Rich

President at Strategic Associations: Innovation & Leadership

Bob is a scientific association leader connecting professionals from many disciplines, institutions, and countries with the resources needed to succeed. He recently launched Strategic Associations: Innovation & Leadership (SAIL) to help science-related associations to understand their strategic context, create effective strategies, and move forward through innovation and enthusiasm. SAIL provides association management, strategic facilitation, and environmental research services that identify and respond to challenges and opportunities.
Prior to starting his entrepreneurial enterprise in support of association excellence, Bob was the Executive Director of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, leading efforts to professionalize membership relations, develop philanthropic funding, and raise organizational visibility, among other strategic initiatives. He was the Director for Strategy Development at the American Chemical Society (ACS), pioneering online strategy engagement with members, board strategic issues discussions, and scenario and contingency planning. He has previously worked in professional development, science policy, research grants, member services, and volunteer support at ACS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Bob is actively involved in the association community and in national and global science conversations. He holds a Bachelors’ degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, all in chemistry, and is a Certified Association Executive. Outside of work, he enjoys skiing, orienteering, sailing, watching baseball, and playing strategy games.



In Washington D.C., we often define our identity through our jobs as association executives. But what happens, as happened to me last year, when you lose that job and are suddenly looking for a new position? Well you go through the stages of grief (you know the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). […]