Executive Director


Executive Director, Giant Steps Community Programs, Inc.

Rene Richard is the Executive Director of Giant Steps Community Programs, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit on the job training organization. She is responsible for all development, marketing, administrative, fundraising, civic engagement and donor relations functions for the organization. This store trains and employs adults with Developmental Disabilities in all aspects of retail. The Walk In Closet venture allows her to combine her business skills with her passion for helping others.
Prior to her current position, Rene was a successful insurance and financial service professional,owning her own agency. She was the recipient of the Allstate “Most Valuable Player” Award for consistently exceeding sales goals and growth targets. Rene has always been community minded and has volunteered with several organizations such as Senator Carol Liu’s Women’s Health Conference, Early Literacy, The New Leaders, Back to Basics and The American Cancer Society often times holding leadership roles. She is a native of Southern California, she and her husband reside in Pasadena and have four adult children. She enjoys Hiking, dog training, skiing, reading and travelling.