Rick Burnes is Co-Founder of Charles River Ventures, one of the country’s major venture firms. As CEO of Charles River Ventures, he played a leading role in the firm's development into a launchpad for some of America’s most successful companies. With a focus on communications, IT and information services, Rick now serves as Partner Emeritus and Advisor. He also serves on the boards of multiple for profit corporations.
Rick strongly believes in the importance of philanthropy and in oversight of organizations by serving on their boards. He is the Chair of Board of Trustees of WGBH Educational Foundation, the former Chair and a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, the Vice Chairman of Sea Education Association, a director of the Boston Plan for Excellence working with the Boston Schools, and leadership roles in multiple other non-profit organizations.
He holds an M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.A. in History from Harvard College.