Larry G. Raff, MPH, Principal





Larry G. Raff MPH

As principal of Rising Tide Direct LLC and president and principal of Copley Raff, Inc., Larry brings three decades of significant leadership and measurable results to healthcare, higher education, research, and human services organizations seeking philanthropy counsel. His breadth of experience as executive director and chief development officer of organizations ranging from start-ups to nationally entities enable him to address organizational and operational challenges from a comprehensive perspective, as well as interact constructively at all levels with senior executives and leadership volunteers.

Larry’s expansive healthcare and public health experience includes counsel, execution, and academic credentials. He was President and CEO of the Emanuel Medical Center Foundation, Oregon’s largest tertiary care and pediatric hospital, where he created two nationally recognized initiatives in support of community investment and donor recognition. He directed the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s $200 million “The Only Remedy is a Cure” campaign for the northeastern US and is the past president of the Autoimmune Disease Research Foundation, an organization he founded to support a clinical trial addressing the central cause of many autoimmune diseases. Larry earned a Master’s degree in Public Health and Clinical Nutrition from the University of California at Berkeley while working for the California Food Policy Project. This unique program employed a humanistic and interdisciplinary strategy to forge food policy for California. Larry has also co-authored two journal articles based on original food consumption behavioral research he conducted as part of this work.

Larry brings actionable insights to health and social services clients based on his groundbreaking work in food banking and hunger abatement programs. Larry provided leadership in the creation of the nation’s first statewide food banking system, Oregon Food Bank. While there, Larry wrote and illustrated the nation’s first handbook on food banking services and directed the “Hunger Factors Assessment” research project which designed and executed the first statewide statistically significant assessment of hunger, in partnership with the University of Oregon. The Hunger Factors Assessment has become a nationwide model and continues to provide valuable data that is used in anti-hunger advocacy work. Larry and his co-workers were recognized for his work at Oregon Food Bank with a Presidential Volunteer Action Award during the Reagan administration.

As a consultant with Copley Raff, Larry has partnered with organizations of all sizes, advising on a full spectrum of philanthropy and development issues. His clients include four of New England’s largest multi-hospital systems and the largest multi-hospital system in the mid-west; numerous academic medical centers, performing arts, higher education and human services organizations; and national organizations including the National Consumer Law Center, US FIRST, National Partnership for Food Safety Education and the American Optometric Association Foundation.

Larry is an active and engaged participant in the philanthropic professional community. He is a regular and sought after presenter at conferences, including AHP, AFP, and CASE as well as private sector initiatives including the Merrill Lynch Global Philanthropic Consulting Group Congress and Citizens Bank Non-Profit Advisors Seminars. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations and is currently the President of the Friday Forum, a thought-leadership organization of senior development officers in the Boston area.