Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/rc4.jpgRobert Carreau, Executive Director

Robert is responsible for driving the Foundation's strategic initiatives, working with donors and gift advisors, developing strategic relationships with community organizations and leading the overall efforts of the Foundation to maximize its impact in the community. While his formal title is Executive Director, he sees his role as being "Chief Catalyst for Change".

He has been involved with the Foundation since 1992 as its Secretary, and was appointed Executive Director in 2010. With more than 30 years experience in the charitable sector, his work has included strategic consulting with foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations to focus their work on achieving outcomes. Mr. Carreau's volunteer involvement includes being a Trustee of the Carliian Foundation.  He was recently Chair of the Empire State Youth Orchestras board of directors, helping to move the organization to a new, more powerful mission.

"It is an honor for me to be involved with The Schenectady Foundation. I knew and admired its founders -- every day I carry with me the values they imbedded at its origination: to ensure that we are outstanding stewards of the funds entrusted to us; that we place emphasis on the benefit we are returning to the community; that we maintain the highest ethical standards possible; and to ensure that we uphold the trust and confidence placed in us by donors and the community."

Prior to his work with the Foundation, Carreau led the United Way of Schenectady County as its CEO, where he instituted an outcomes funding framework. He earned a master's degree in Political Communications from the State University at Albany.

Robert and his wife Karin have two grown children and a dog named Henri. When not involved in Foundation or community work, Carreau finds time to throw pottery and play the mandolin.

email: rcarreau@schenectadyfoundation.org