Executive Director & Senior Vice President
CommonWealth Purchase Group
Rich Napolitano joined Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in January 2014 and now serves as Senior Vice President of External Relations and Chief Strategy Officer. He and his team are responsible for the following key areas for GLFHC: Strategic initiatives, Compliance, Marketing and Communications, Community and Public Relations, Development and Fundraising, Grants and Contracts Administration, and Governmental Affairs. Rich has represented the Health Center in local initiatives such as the City of Lawrence, Mayor’s Health Task Force Executive Committee and as Chair of the Lawrence Partnership Network. He is also a member of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Governmental Affairs Committee and the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Healthcare for the Homeless Committee, Health Policy Committee, and chairs NACHC’s Advocacy Task Force. Rich and his team have been recognized by NACHC as national leaders in advocacy and for setting the standard for grassroots advocacy programs amongst the nation’s community health centers.
Rich has over 25 years of experience in non-profit management roles, specifically focusing on advancement programs, strategic planning, marketing and communications. Rich’s expertise encompasses an array of development and community relations functions, and in addition to solid fundraising credentials, Rich has a strong track record in achieving efficiencies in non-profit operations, ensuring maximum support of organizational missions.
In his spare time Rich enjoys time with his family and vacationing at his parents’ home in Maine. He is well known locally as a high school and Men’s NCAA college basketball official and has served in leadership roles at both levels, statewide and nationally. He volunteers his time as the director of the long-standing Greater Lawrence Christmas Basketball Tournament now known as the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic, which provides college scholarships to deserving student athletes from participating schools.
Rich earned a Certificate from the Geiger Gibson Fellowship in Community Health Policy and Leadership program at the George Washington University- Milken Institute School of Public Health as well as a Certificate in Leading Product Development from Harvard University’s Executive Education Program. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont with both a BA in Psychology and a Master of Science in Administration.