Tom Riley


Tom Riley has been Vice President for Strategic Planning at the Connelly Foundation since 2012. The Connelly Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia area, with a focus on education and Catholic institutions.

Tom has had a long career in both philanthropy and law enforcement policy. From 2001 to 2009 he was Associate Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington, DC, where he served as the Administration’s chief spokesman on all matters of drug policy. In 2008 he received the agency’s Director’s Award for Management Excellence. He has worked with many international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and has overseen multiple federal programs.

Tom was Vice President of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of charitable donors and foundations, from 2009 to 2012, and is a Contributing Editor to Philanthropy magazine. He is frequently quoted in the media on issues related to charitable giving.

Tom is a graduate of Georgetown University, from which he also has MA and MS degrees, and he has a JD from Villanova Law School. He and his wife and five children live in Radnor, PA.