Steve Caldeira is President & CEO of the Consumer Specialty Products Association which represents the interests of companies that 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 CSPA 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 CSPA, 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 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” 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), Corporate Advisory Board of So Others Might Eat (SOME), Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), 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, Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association Capital Area Chapter and 2017 “Brain Ball” Co-Chair, and 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 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 where he serves as a Member of the Corporation (MOC).
Steve resides in Potomac, MD with his wife Jane and two children, Madeleine and Alexander.