SVP, Chief Diversity Officer Charter Communications
Rhonda Crichlow is Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Charter Communications. She joined the company in October 2016. In this position, Ms. Crichlow is responsible for the overall strategic development and implementation of Charter’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
Rhonda joins Charter after 10 years with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC), where she most recently served as Vice President and Head, US Diversity & Inclusion, President of the Novartis US Foundation, and a member of the Innovative Medicines Executive Committee. She was appointed to lead Diversity & Inclusion at NPC in November 2011, and was responsible for all aspects of the company’s diversity & strategy, focused on fostering an inclusive environment supporting the development of innovative medicines and novel healthcare solutions addressing the unmet medical needs of patients. Under her leadership, DiversityInc recognized NPC as the leading company for Diversity & Inclusion in 2014 and 2015, rendering NPC the only company to have achieved this distinction consecutively since the Recognition’s inception in 2001. As President of the Novartis US Foundation, Rhonda led the strategy and implementation of the Foundation’s contribution efforts, and served as Secretary of the Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation.
Previously at NPC, Rhonda served as Executive Director, Alliance Development & Philanthropy, and was responsible for overseeing strategic efforts to build sustainable relationships with patient advocacy organizations and professional societies. She enhanced the US strategy and implementation of NPC’s philanthropic initiatives, volunteer programs and workplace giving campaigns. She joined NPC as the Executive Director of Philanthropy and Community Development in March 2006.
Prior to joining NPC, Ms. Crichlow consulted for the Office of the Monitor, established pursuant to the Consent Decree entered in the Pigford v. Glickman and Brewington v. Glickman litigations, which involved nationwide class actions brought by African-American farmers alleging racial discrimination in the US Department of Agriculture’s farm credit and non-credit benefit programs. Her primary responsibility involved deciding the merits of Petitions for Monitor Review and drafting decisions evaluating whether an adjudicator should be mandated to reexamine class members’ claims. Prior to this engagement, she worked as a tax attorney representing corporate clients with respect to federal tax controversy, litigation and business planning matters. Ms. Crichlow also served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In 2016, Black Enterprise recognized Ms. Crichlow as one of the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity. Ms. Crichlow is also a 2016 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Luminary Award winner, in recognition of her significant contributions to the healthcare industry, as well as a 2015 Top Blacks in Healthcare Award Honoree, which recognized individuals in the healthcare sector whose work creates access to healthcare for African Americans in underserved communities. In 2013, Ms. Crichlow received the Cornerstone of the Community Award, honoring her long-standing support as a volunteer and board member of Family Service of Morris County, one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Morris County. She is also a 2010 Helping People Move Forward Award recipient, in recognition of her efforts to improve the quality of life of New Jersey residents, and a 2008 YMCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award recipient. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and is a past Board Chair of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals. She has also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the United Way of Northern New Jersey (formerly Morris County), the Human Needs Food Pantry, Cornerstone Family Programs (formerly Family Service of Morris County), and the New Jersey Center for Non-Profits.
She received her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, a Master of Public Policy from Duke University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School. She lives in Upper Montclair, New Jersey with her husband, David, and two children, Andrew and Joelle.