Steve Gardner
Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Steve serves as the CRA’s second-ranking executive and Corporate Secretary. He provides leadership, management and vision to ensure that CRA has the necessary operational controls, administrative, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization, ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency. Steve assists the CEO and Board of Directors in charting strategic planning and messaging for the association.

Over the course of Steve’s career, he’s held senior communications positions at the American Chemistry Council, the Aluminum Association and the US Pharmacopeial Convention. He has led industry-wide programs in reputation management, chemical plant security, sustainability, packaging, recycling, transportation, and more. He managed the Chinese Premier’s visit to the USP facility in Shanghai in 2015 and has spoken at industry conferences throughout the US and in Mexico, Brazil, India, and the UK. Most recently, Steve was the COO for Crosby-Volmer International Communications.

A native of the great state of Maine, Steve can discern a real lobster roll from a pretender, point out the weaknesses of Maine accents in all popular entertainment and defend his long-standing admiration of the New England Patriots.

Steve serves as the Vice Chair of the Board at Historic Congressional Cemetery and resides on Capitol Hill with his wife and two dogs.