Ed Caron

Vice President

Biography

Ed Caron, Consulting Vice President, brings extensive experience in strategic and crisis communications, strategic planning, public policy, and partnership development. Ed has extensive experience in higher education and health care, especially in strategic planning and gift proposition development, including conceptualizing transformational gift propositions.

Before joining GG+A, Ed served as Vice President, College Relations & Planning at Providence College for 20 years. There, he held cabinet-level responsibilities for strategic planning, strategic communications, and public affairs. He also served as the College’s first secretariat, providing senior staff support to the Providence College Board of Trustees.

While at Providence, Ed directed a team that secured a $5 million competitive grant to establish the nation’s first undergraduate degree in public and community service. He also secured for Providence College, in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame, teaching and service fellowships for graduate education majors to serve as faculty in disadvantaged, urban schools throughout New England.

Ed has provided consultation services to a number of Providence College partners in the private and semi-public sector, including the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Foundation, Providence Foundation, Pawtucket Foundation, and Leadership Rhode Island. He has provided similar consulting assistance for board and senior staff retreats for Rhode Island government agencies, law firms, public relations, marketing agencies, and national tourism organizations.

Ed is the founder and president of the Changing Minds and Hearts Education Foundation, which provides financial support for TalkWorks, a character education initiative established in 2001 to combat bullying and teasing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts elementary and middle schools.

Prior to his appointment at Providence College, Ed worked as a managing consultant with Telesis, Inc., an international business strategy and public policy consulting firm. He also served as vice president for public affairs at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and chief of staff to two Rhode Island attorney generals.

Among his community affiliations, Ed is a member of the Bradley Hospital Foundation Board of Governors, a national leader in pediatric and adolescent mental health. He is also a former member of the board of directors of the San Miguel School, the original Christian Brother model middle school for disadvantaged immigrant students that has been replicated in 15 states nationally.

Ed earned his undergraduate degree at Providence College and completed studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Institute for Educational Leadership.

Clients:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • The City of Hope
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Concordia University, Montréal
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Dartmouth Health System
  • Drexel University
  • Georgia State University
  • The Johns Hopkins University
  • La Salle University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Marymount University
  • Montgomery College
  • New Mexico State University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Region One Health (Memphis)
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Temple University Health System
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • University of Calgary
  • The University of Chicago
  • The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • University of Indiana Foundation
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Southampton (England)
  • University of San Diego
  • Villanova University
  • Wichita State University
Areas of Expertise
  • Crisis Communications
  • Gift Proposition Development
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Partnership Development
  • Public Policy
  • Strategic Communications
  • Strategic Planning

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