Kesem Announces Richard Segal as new CEO

Effective October 1, 2020, Richard Segal will become Kesem's new Chief Executive Officer. Rich has a 30-year career in organizational management, financial stewardship, relationship building, and deep experience in nonprofit board management. “We are confident that Rich is the right person to build on Kesem’s 20-year momentum and lead us into this exciting next chapter” stated Board Chair, Ben Cornwell. “He is a seasoned leader with significant experience that includes both sides of the development equation. We are lucky to have him as our next CEO."

Rich joins Kesem after a long and accomplished career in law, most recently serving as Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and nearly three decades of not-for-profit service that includes Trustee and Board President for San Diego Youth Services; serving as a member of the Petco Foundation’s Board of Directors; and fundraising and serving on the National Leadership Council for the civil rights organization, Lambda Legal. Rich has also worked with college students for more than thirty years, both in the admissions process and as a student/fraternity advisor at several different universities. “In addition to Rich’s impressive credentials, the Search Committee was drawn to Rich’s warmth, humor, and passion for our mission,” said Chris Berry Solomon, CEO Search Committee Chair.

“I am excited and feel very fortunate to be joining a dynamic group of staff, college student leaders and alumni, Board members, and other volunteers who are focused on such a commendable mission: to create a strong and supportive community for children living through and beyond a parent’s cancer," said Rich. "I look forward to helping Kesem expand its values-driven programs and bring its life-changing experiences to even more kids over the coming years.”

Rich received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. He is originally from Northern New Jersey, and spent eight summers as an avid summer camper and counselor. He currently resides in San Diego, California.