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 household and commercial products that help consumers and workers create cleaner and healthier 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, 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, where he was credited with growing revenue by over 70 percent, doubling funding for its political action committee to nearly $1.3 million, increasing the organization’s media profile, and vastly expanding its advocacy footprint at all levels of government. For his efforts in addressing such matters as Affordable Care Act changes, wage laws that discriminate against small business franchise owners, and workforce policies proposed by the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor, Mr. Caldeira was named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill and a “Top Power & Influence Trade Association CEO” by CEO Update in 2014 and 2015.
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 including Vice President of Industry Relations for PepsiCo, Inc., Managing Director in the U.S. Public Affairs Practice at Burson-Marsteller, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the National Restaurant Association, Senior Manager of Political Affairs (Northeast Division) for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Political Director to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY).
Steve also serves on numerous not-for-profit boards and councils including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Trade Association Committee of 100”, the U.S. Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee and is also on 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, Council of Chemical Association Executives (CCAE), Board of Directors for the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA), The Bryce Harlow Foundation Board of Governors, Corporate Advisory Board of So Others Might Eat (SOME), Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where he currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer, Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America Capital Area Council, National Board of Advisors for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University-Monterey Bay, and Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter where he currently serves as Chair. Since 2003, he has served as Chairman of The Emeril Lagasse Golf Classic to benefit the celebrity chef’s endowed scholarship fund at Johnson & Wales University which has raised $7.1 million for culinary, hotel and hospitality-related scholarships. Steve is also a member of the CEO Update Midcap Roundtable Steering Committee and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
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). Steve was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration and Foodservice Management by Johnson & Wales University in 2007.
Steve resides in Potomac, MD with his wife Jane and two children, Madeleine and Alexander.