Stephen J. Caldeira
Steve Caldeira is the 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 identify and execute the strategic priorities of the association. Steve has more than three decades of legislative, regulatory, political, media relations, public affairs, fundraising and leadership experience in multinational corporations and not-for-profit trade associations.
Prior to joining HCPA, Steve was President & CEO of the International Franchise Association for more than 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 including Managing Director, U.S. Public Affairs practice of Burson-Marsteller at their global headquarters in New York City; Vice President, Industry Relations, PepsiCo, Inc.; Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing & Regulatory Affairs, National Restaurant Association; President, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation; and Political Director for former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY).
Steve serves on numerous not-for-profit boards and councils, including MedStar National Rehabilitation Network; 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 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; the National Board of Advisors for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University-Monterey Bay; and is a Co-Chair of the 2023 Spirit of Mt. Vernon Dinner to support the legacy of George Washington.
He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter, where he served as Chair from 2018-2020 and was awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.
He was a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) from 2015-2022, serving as the Chair of the Board from 2020-2021. In 2022 he received the ASAE Policy Leadership Award for his advocacy on Capitol Hill on behalf of ASAE and the overall association community.
Steve is a former member of the Corporate Advisory Board of So Others Might Eat (SOME), where he was honored with his wife Jane, as Humanitarians of the Year in 2017. Steve is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America Capital Area Council, where he received the Hospitality Good Scout Award in 2016 and the John H. Graham IV Association Executive Award in 2022.
Steve has been named a “Top Lobbyist” by The Hill for five consecutive years from 2018-2022, has been recognized by CEO Update multiple times as a “Top Power & Influence Trade Association CEO” and received their 2022 Trade Association CEO of the Year Award.
Steve graduated from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, with a B.A. in Political Science, and serves as a member of the college’s National Board of Overseers (NBO) and is Chair of The Fund for Providence College.
Steve was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Johnson & Wales University in 2007, while he served as Chair of the Emeril Lagasse Golf Classic from 2003-2017, which raised $8 million to benefit student scholarships at the school.
Steve resides in Potomac, Maryland, with his wife Jane and has two children, Madeleine, and Alexander.