Richard Lee Snow
Richard Lee Snow is the seventh of 10 children born to the late Irma and James Snow and is a native of the Western Pennsylvania City of Clairton. He joined UNCF as regional development director/Washington (DC) Region, managing relationships throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA. Prior Snow served as senior advisor – multicultural marketing and business development (MMBD) for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s research hospital. In that role, he and the MMBD team had the national responsibility of managing current and cultivating potential relationships with African American groups, individuals (donors) and celebrities. Included are collective partnerships with the international Black Greek-lettered Organizations that collectively form the National Pan-Hellenic Council and are affectionately known as the Divine Nine, as well as such noted organizations as The Links, Inc., Prince Hall Shriners, the NAACP and the National Urban League. St. Jude also has the support of over 1,000 churches across the country of all denominations, through a program called Sunday of Hope, which was started while Snow was the executive director/COO of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Prior to joining St. Jude, Snow served as the eight executive director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and at its 76th Grand Chapter Meeting (national convention) in 2003 was the first to be given the additional title of COO. Appointed and confirmed in 1998, he was responsible for managing the operations of the over 150,000 member organization worldwide. with over 700 chapters throughout the nation and abroad, including its three Chapters in Africa (Johannesburg-Pretoria; Cape Town-Western Cape; and Lagos, Nigeria), which Snow personally chartered.
Richard has been featured both locally and nationally in various print media as well as radio and television. Included are guest television appearances on the nationally recognized Late Night with Tavis Smiley show on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) network as well as The Monique Show, David Tutera’s CELEBrations show with Omarosa Manigault, and locally on the Plain Talk show with Eleanor Jean Henley, and Philly Live with Chris Ridenhour. The Philadelphia Tribune has selected him since 1999 as one of Philadelphia’s Most Influential African-Americans and in 2019 named him a “Mover and Shaker.” He is also the recipient of many awards, having been named as one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Hospitality and Meetings Industry in 2006 by Successful Meetings Magazine. Snow also served as the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Mexican Tourism Conference (XI Reunion Nacional de Turismo de Negocios) in 2006.
He sits on numerous boards, past and present. Snow has served as board chairman of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (now Professional), Inc. (Washington, DC), and is now chairman emeritus, immediate past chairman of Dream Builders Foundation, Inc. (New York) and is currently chair of PHLDiversity (Philadelphia), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Snow is a very active community volunteer in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA, and has a particular passion for supporting children and children-based organization focusing on arts and education. He is a member of Canaan Baptist Church of Germantown and has been married to Judith (formerly Brister) for 36 years and has two adult sons, Richard Lee Jr. and Joseph Lawrence.