The Honorable Richard Greco, Jr.
Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board
Richard Greco Jr. is an American business executive, educator, former United States Government official, and long-standing trustee and benefactor of educational, cultural, and civic institutions. He was appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate as the nation's 19th Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller) and served from 2004 to 2007. In this role, Greco was the chief financial officer of the Department of the Navy, responsible for an annual budget of more than $130 billion and a financial management workforce of 9000 professionals, including budgeters, auditors, fiscal lawyers, and Congressional relations officers. He also served as chairman of the Department of the Navy audit committee, a member of the Acquisition Integrity Board, and the Executive Committee of the United States Naval Academy. For exceptional service Greco was twice awarded the Department of the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian medal awarded by the Navy. In 2002, prior to his nomination and confirmation by the Senate, Mr. Greco was appointed by the President as a White House Fellow, a Presidential appointment he applied for after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
In 2007, Richard Greco Jr. was named as Managing Partner of the international merchant banking firm of Filangieri Capital Partners, whose international portfolio companies are in the aerospace, homeland security, pharmaceuticals, medical software, intellectual property, metal mechanics, and water treatment industries. In this role Greco has served as CEO, board chairman, and/or board member of all portfolio companies, developing deep experiences in corporate governance, internationalization, growth execution, restructuring, and managing complex matters of politics and international relations. He serves as a Senior Advisor to the international business strategy firm The Scowcroft Group, based in Washington, D.C., founded and managed by former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, where he worked after graduate school.
In 2014, Greco was named Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Euro Mec Water Group, a global water treatment company based in Mantua, Italy. During his tenure as CEO Greco led an important restructuring of EMWG and successfully returned the company to profitability. Greco is a leading technical and financial expert in clean water and waste water treatment as well as the role of clean water in humanitarian assistance, emergency relief, and emerging market development as conducted by the United Nations, UNICEF, the United States Navy, the World Bank, and other leading international institutions.
Mr. Greco founded The Montfort Academy when he was 28 years old. Under his leadership since 2002, The Montfort Academy has grown to 160 full-time students and a staff of 23 outstanding faculty members and has been consistently ranked one of the best Catholic high schools in America. In addition to developing The Montfort Academy's classical curriculum and special programs such as the study abroad in Italy, Mr. Greco has helped Montfort form relationships with prestigious research, academic, cultural, and religious institutions such as the LuEster Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Gardens, the Hudson River Museum, the OSilas Museum at Concordia College, the Sacro Cuore High School in Rome, Italy, the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Foundation, the Saint Benedict Monastery in Norcia, Italy, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. In 2016 Mr. Greco was one of the U.S. representatives at a conference at the Holy See on the future of Catholic education and contributed to the publication Education, A Renewing Passion: Today and Tomorrow. He is widely consulted by those interested in establishing new Catholic schools.
Mr. Greco also serves on the board of directors of The Hudson River Museum, Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers,The Navy League of the United States New York Chapter, the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, and the National Italian Language Foundation. Among his awards and distinctions are The Department of the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, Knighthood of the Italian Republic bestowed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Italy, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Filippo Mazzei Award for Public Service.
Richard Greco holds an M.B.A. in finance from The University of Chicago, an M.A. in American Foreign Policy and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.S. in Chemistry Summa Cum Laude, In Cursu Honorum from Fordham University. He also attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.