Paul Richardson

System Senior Vice President, Philanthropy Engagement
CommonSpirit Health

Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson has over 21 years of experience working with donors, families, and students to connect their passion with amazing philanthropic impact. He currently serves as the system senior vice president for philanthropy engagement with CommonSpirit Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care system, spanning 21+ states and 80+ foundations.

Paul served previously as the president for the Sequoia Hospital Foundation in Silicon Valley and in an interim capacity as the vice president for the national Dignity Health Foundation in San Francisco. During his tenure with the Dignity Health Foundation, Paul oversaw a period of exponential revenue growth in support of Dignity Health’s core initiatives within vulnerable communities, including: social determinants to health, human trafficking response, postpartum depression identification & response, and concussion education & awareness in youth sports. Paul also served as a committee member for Dignity Health’s first diversity & inclusion committee, as a board member for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), as founding member of both the Kent State University Alumni Association bay area chapter; and as the board treasurer for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) foundation.

Prior to health care, Paul spent 13 years in higher education with University Advancement at San José State University (SJSU) in Silicon Valley. During his tenure, Paul held positions across student affairs, university advancement, and eventually assumed the position of associate vice president for alumni relations, where he served on the campus’ first comprehensive campaign, raising over $250M in support of vital programs, research, and scholarships. While at SJSU, Paul received several awards from Western Association of College and University Housing Officers (WACUHO) for transgender inclusion within policy development.

Paul is a native of Ohio and holds BAs in Music Performance and K-12 Music Education from Bluffton University, as well as a minor in Peace Studies from University of Ulster in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul also received a MA in Higher Education Administration focused heavily emerging minority identify development models from Kent State University.