Rich Tafel


Founder/CEO, Public Squared


Rich states that he is motivated by a belief that we are all here to make the world a better place. He provides leadership coaching and organizational strategy to social change agents who are transforming the world. Rich's passion is creating new solutions to address America’s dysfunctional government. His expertise is bringing together parties with seemingly intractable differences toward positive change.

His coaching program is focused on leaders needing help marrying their creative genius to the practical skills of productivity, business plans, funding, governance, policy and sales. 

He provides coaching and organization strategy to social innovation leaders. At this time, he is working with Michigan Corps to develop the nation’s first statewide social innovation contest matched to a leadership-coaching program. His columns for Social Innovation Review blog help leaders navigate public policy, funding strategies and board development. 

He works with corporations seeking to do greater good for society both in the US and Mexico. In Mexico, he is a founder and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, which has one hundred corporate members and provides cutting edge wellness solutions to businesses seeking to create a healthier workplace. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership that works to bridge the gap between business and social change.

Rich provides strategic policy advice to non-profits battling the AIDS crisis in Africa and Latin America, while domestically he has worked with education and health care organizations to do public policy. 

Prior to this, he created the Log Cabin Republicans and authored "Party Crasher: A Gay Republican Challenges Politics as Usual," (Simon & Schuster). 

Prior to that, he direct the adolescent health programs of Massachusetts.

Prior to that, I serve as Assistant to the Minister at Harvard University’s chapel.

I'm leading the following workshops...