The Executive Committee is the governing body of the CRA through which members exercise rights on behalf of CRA members. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Chairperson, who shall serve as the presiding officer of this committee, Chairperson Elect or immediate Chairperson Emeritus, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Director.
James J. Murren, Chair
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
MGM Resorts International
Jim Murren was named Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International in December 2008. He leads a company of 62,000 employees that provides world-class hospitality and entertainment experiences through its 15 resorts properties located in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., Michigan, and Mississippi.
He joined MGM in 1998 after spending more than a decade on Wall Street, where he was regarded as a leading analyst in the restaurant, hotel and gaming industries. His arrival at MGM coincided with a dramatic period of growth, including the addition of The Mirage and Mandalay Bay groups to the company’s portfolio.
He is the visionary behind CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination that opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009 featuring centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. CityCenter – a sophisticated mix of resorts, residences, conference facilities, dining and retail — is the largest “green” development in the world using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter demonstrates daily that sustainability enhances the guest experience.
A native of Fairfield, CT, Mr. Murren graduated from Trinity College after majoring in Art History and Urban Studies. He has since balanced a substantial professional life with service to industry and the community. He is Chair of the American Gaming Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. In 2013, he was named by President Obama to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
A leader in the area of corporate responsibility, he is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Responsibility Association, a professional society for corporate responsibility practitioners. In 2013, he was named a Responsible CEO of the Year by CR Magazine. Casino Journal magazine named him its 2013 Executive of the Year.
With his wife, Heather Hay Murren, he founded Nevada Cancer Institute. He is also an active supporter of numerous not-for-profit and academic organizations including Trinity College and The Johns Hopkins University.
Pete Sherrard, Vice Chair
Pete has enjoyed a 31 year career with Duke Energy. During this career he has helped manage Environmental, Health and Safety compliance and policy, implement and audit EHS management systems, and help his company develop on a sustainable path.
Early in his career he was Senior Environmentalist in Duke Energy’s Gas Transmission business, developing and administering environmental compliance programs. He has also served as EHS Integration Director and Principle Auditor, helping Duke Energy’s businesses implement effective EHS management systems. In his current job he supports Duke Energy’s sustainability performance, transparency and reporting initiatives.
His education includes degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration from Penn State University, and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is very enthusiastic about his service on the CRA Advisory Board. According to Pete, “CRA has great potential to help advance the developing CSR management profession, and help companies improve their CSR performance. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to CRA’s mission.”
Elliot Clark, Treasurer
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
SharedXpertise Media, LLC
Elliot Clark is the Chairman and CEO of SharedXpertise Media, LLC which he founded in 2007. Elliot oversees company management and the publication of HRO Today, HRO Today Global Edition and Corporate Responsibility Magazine the related global HRO Today conference series and the Commit!Forum, the largest corporate responsibility conference in the world. Elliot writes a column for each magazine issue with commentary on newsworthy events and speaks at events internationally on related topics. Elliot also works closely with development of research standards for the customer satisfaction research ratings for the leading human resource services providers and the Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens Ranking.
Elliot has had a long and distinguished career in the human resources services and technology industry. Prior to SharedXpertise, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Kenexa Corporation (Nasdaq KNXA), a leading provider of HR software and services. Elliot worked at Kenexa from 1991 until 2006 and was instrumental in growing the company from 12 to 1200 employees. He oversaw corporate operations and served as Chief Compliance Officer. He led the Kenexa team to be named the top provider in recruitment process outsourcing by multiple industry analysts and publications. As a key member of the executive team, he was deeply involved in 15 acquisitions, 3 private equity financings and an IPO. He served on the Board of Directors of Kenexa from 1997 until 2006.
Elliot is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania earning a B.S. Economics where he majored in Human Resources. He also served on the National Board of Directors of the Wharton Alumni Association from 1997 to 1998. Elliot is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ehlers Danlos National Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees of Michener Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Niki King, Secretary
Senior Manager, CSR Program Office
Campbell Soup Company
Niki King is the Senior Manager- CSR Program Office at Campbell Soup Company. Campbell is a global manufacturer of soup, simple meals and backed snacks and comprises other brands such as Pepperidge Farm, V8, Pace, Prego, Plum Organics, Bolthouse Farms and Swanson. Niki provides oversight and structure to a centralized source of the information the company is asked to provide to dozens of external groups and organizations that monitor and evaluate the company’s CSR and Sustainability performance. Niki is responsible for managing the production of Campbell’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report, responding to external ratings and rankings submissions, communicating CSR initiatives internally and externally and helping drive the company’s CSR and sustainability strategies. She also monitors emerging issues; identifies and drives best practice; and supports the CSR and sustainability demands of our customers, suppliers, and functional teams. Prior to her current role, she has held the title of Sr. Paralegal and has managed the internal and external idea submission innovation programs. Before joining Campbell in 2008, she was the Director of Development at J.P. Stewart Development, a retail and residential land development company. Niki also serves as the Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Responsibility Association’s Advisory Board. Niki earned her B.A. degree in Social Sciences and her M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.
Allie Williams, Executive Director
Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA)
Allie Williams, IOM, is the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Association and Vice President of Membership Services at SharedXpertise. With a diverse background in Organizational Management and Corporate Sales, he brings a fresh approach the association.
Williams served as Director of Membership in the Office of Federation Relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for nearly 8 years – raising significant revenue and building strategic alliances to strengthen the federation of state, metro and local chambers of commerce throughout the country. For 4 ½ years, he was the Director of Organizational Development at the American Chamber of Commerce Executive, a trade and professional society where he exceeded membership revenue goals and built visibility for the ACCE brand at state chamber conferences. In his last role, he served as the Sr. Membership Management Executive at WebLink International, an industry leader in database management and custom website systems for chambers of commerce and trade associations around the world. For 3 years at WebLink, he led the sales team and maintained an average of 114% of annual quota. Williams completed the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management and Leadership Montgomery (MD) programs. He is thrilled to be with the CRA and strives to strengthen partnerships, grow the association and work closely with the board and executive committee.
Richard Crespin, At-Large Trustee
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Crespin is the CEO of CollaborateUp, a boutique consulting firm advising businesses and non-profits on how to work together to solve big problems. Every nonprofit is a business and every business has a social mission. They just don’t always know it or act like it so Richard works with firms to find their unique social mission where they can make significant impact and with non-profits to build programs that attract companies as partners and donors. On behalf of his clients, Richard makes strategic introductions, translates the needs of businesses to NGOs and vice-versa, and structures outcome-oriented partnerships that amplify impact and get results faster at lower cost.