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Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes (Ret.)

Board Advisor
Renée Cardwell Hughes is a highly experienced executive. She focuses on strategy, leadership development and change management. Renée is a Qualified Financial Expert. She serves on the board of The Haverford Trust Company, a $12 billion wealth management company and private bank. She is a member of the Audit Committee and Board liaison to the DE&I Committee. Renée also serves on The Independence Health Group Regional Advisory Board, a $21.8 billion health insurer and is a member of the Public Policy Committee.

Prior to serving on the Regional Advisory Board, Renée served on the parent company Board where she was a member of the Executive and Audit Committees for six (6) years. She recently completed an engagement as the President & CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. d/b/a Philadelphia OIC, a workforce development nonprofit corporation that impacts more than 1,500 individuals annually. She managed a staff of 41 and was responsible for operations, financial planning and management, strategy, and business development for adult basic education and job training programs. Prior to this position, she was the CEO of The Hughes Group where she led a team of business advisors who helped employees, management and Boards internalize, own, and execute the corporate mission and values by revitalizing corporate culture. Her clients included, among others, Independence Blue Cross and Aqua Pennsylvania.

Before founding the Hughes Group, she was the CEO of the fourth largest market in the American Red Cross (ARC), a $3billion global not-for-profit humanitarian and disaster relief agency, for more than six years. As CEO of The ARC of Eastern Pennsylvania, she led a team of 85 full time and 45 part-time staff along with more than 4,000 volunteers, responsible for a region which serviced 6.2 million Pennsylvanians. Renée was responsible for the region’s strategic vision, annual operating plan and budget, donor funding program, team leadership, governance and partnerships with local, state, and federal government and business alliances.

Renée was a trial judge for more than 15 years before joining the American Red Cross, where she handled both complex civil and criminal cases. She specialized in homicides; handling some of Philadelphia's most notorious cases. She founded the City's mental health court and co-authored a book on witness intimidation. Renee began her career as a successful corporate attorney. Renée received her legal degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.