Stephen J. Caldeira
Steve Caldeira is President & CEO of the Household & Commercial Products Association whose members generate $180 billion in annual economic output and are responsible for 200,000 direct jobs. HCPA members manufacture, formulate, distribute, and sell familiar and trusted household and commercial products that help consumers and workers to create cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environments. As President & CEO, Steve works closely with the HCPA Board of Directors to set and execute the strategic priorities of the association. Steve has more than three decades of legislative, regulatory, political, media relations, public affairs, fundraising, corporate and not-for-profit trade association experience.
Prior to joining HCPA, Steve was President & CEO of the International Franchise Association for over five years, where he was credited with growing revenue by more than 70 percent, doubling funding for its political action committee to $1.3 million, increasing the organization’s media profile, and vastly expanding its advocacy footprint at all levels of government. Steve previously served as Executive Vice President of Global Communications & Chief Public Affairs Officer for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Steve has also held various executive positions in corporate and not-for-profit associations.
Steve also serves on numerous not-for-profit boards and councils including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Trade Association Committee of 100” and is a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Steve is also a member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Advisory Board and was honored with their 2020 Leadership Award.
Steve is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA), The Bryce Harlow Foundation Board of Governors (where he served as Awards Dinner Gala Chair in 2022), and the Corporate Advisory Board of So Others Might Eat (SOME) and was honored as their Humanitarian of the Year in 2017. Additionally, he is Past Chair, Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), he currently serves as Chair of ASAE’s Leadership Committee, and in 2022, he was the recipient of the ASAE Policy Leadership Award for his advocacy on behalf of ASAE and the overall association community.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America Capital Area Council and was awarded their Hospitality Good Scout Award in 2016 and will receive the John H. Graham IV Association Executive Award in September 2022. Steve is also on the National Board of Advisors for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University-Monterey Bay, Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter where he served as Chair, and he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2022. Steve is also a member of The Economic Club of Washington, DC.
Steve has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill for four consecutive years, including 2021, in addition to being named a “Top Power & Influence Trade Association CEO” by CEO Update. In 2022 Steve was also named “Trade Association CEO of the Year” by CEO Update.
Steve graduated from Providence College in Providence, RI with a B.A. in Political Science and where he currently serves as a member of the National Board of Overseers (NBO) and is Chair of the Friars Give Annual Fund. Steve was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Johnson & Wales University in 2007.
Steve resides in Potomac, MD with his wife Jane and has two children, Madeleine, and Alexander.