Richard Stoff

Retired, President, Ohio Business Roundtable

Board Member: Corporate

Richard A. Stoff was the founding president and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable (BRT), a partnership of the chief executive officers of Ohio’s largest and most influential businesses.

Established in 1992, the Roundtable’s mission is to apply the knowledge, experience, and insight of its members to solve Ohio’s most complex, long-term public policy challenges. Highly selective in the issues it addresses, the Roundtable works only in areas in which their business experience can make a significant difference in effecting real systems change.

As Roundtable President, Mr. Stoff has served hundreds of top corporate executives, in bipartisan collaboration with four governors and numerous legislative leaders and policymakers, to foster innovation, improve competitiveness and stimulate economic growth in the state of Ohio. Prior to founding the Roundtable, Mr. Stoff served 18 years in management consulting with two of the world’s largest professional service firms. He was elected as a Partner with Ernst & Young, directing the Firm’s public sector practice in Ohio and before that he served as a Senior Consultant with Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche), working with a range of clients in real estate, banking, sports and entertainment and health care, in addition to serving as a lead consultant in the firm’s landmark engagement to design and install a new integrated financial management system for the City of New York during the City’s period of default and financial recovery in the late 70s.

Mr. Stoff earned his BA in Political Science, with honor, in 1972 from Northeastern University and his MPA in 1975 from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he concentrated in public finance. His wife of 32 years, Carol Zelizer Stoff, is a practicing attorney. The Stoffs reside in Bexley and are the proud parents of Jenni who recently received her MPP degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.