“Ron is passionate about improving systems and processes for organizations involved in creating a better world. He believes strongly in the breakthrough capabilities and potential of collaboration.
He has been married to his wife Marlys for thirty-seven years, and they have three grown children. Ron and Marlys live in Santa Barbara, California.
Ron and Marlys are co-founder with Marlys of BOMA Investments, a family office which has invested in over fifty early stage impact companies on five continents. Ron works primarily with the investment and financial advisory aspects, sharing with both social entrepreneurs and fellow impact investors what he learns from his failures and successes. He was a catalyst for development of a revenue royalty approach as an alternative to equity, to compensate impact investors in longer term, high risk investments.
Ron has been at the center of bringing complementary organizations together for mutual benefit, including Young Presidents Organization, Ashoka, World Merit, Synergos, and Nexus. He currently spends most of his time as the interim Executive Director of World Merit Ltd, supporting a global young adult changemaker community.
Before BOMA and World Merit, Ron was CEO of ABC-CLIO, an international publishing company, for twenty-seven years.
Ron has a JD from Hastings College of the Law (1981), an MBA from University of California, Berkeley (1981), and the College of Wooster (1975). He is a member of California Bar and YPO. “