Preston Lee (DC 81)
Preston Lee is Senior Director, Industry Relations in the Single Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit organization. In this capacity, Mr. Lee has responsibility for Freddie Mac’s business and outreach relationship with the state and local housing finance agency community and their affiliated trade associations. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of business and outreach programs and initiatives with state and local housing finance agencies to increase access to credit to creditworthy HFA borrowers, business intelligence and industry/customer engagement activities.
A veteran of more than 25 years in the mortgage industry, Mr. Lee joined Freddie Mac in 2001 and has held leadership roles in the Corporate Relations and Housing Outreach area and various industry and customer facing roles at Freddie Mac. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Mr. Lee served in the Clinton administration in several leadership capacities including as Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation (HUD).
A Truman Scholar from the District of Columbia, Preston Lee holds a Political Science Degree from George Williams College, a Master of Public Affairs Degree (MPA) from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Tulane University School of Law. Mr. Lee also holds several business certifications including a Certificate in Business Excellence from The Columbia University School of Business and the Accredited Mortgage Professional Designation from the Mortgage Bankers Association School of Mortgage Banking. Mr. Lee is a member of the Maryland and American Bar Associations.
Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is one of the largest sources of financing for multifamily housing. For more information, please visit www.FreddieMac.com and Twitter @FreddieMac.
Brooks Allen (CA 96)
Brooks Allen serves as Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs for Common Sense Kids Action, a national kids advocacy organization based out of San Francisco. Brooks previously served in California Governor Jerry Brown's administration as Deputy Policy Director and Assistant Legal Counsel for the California State Board of Education. Before that, he spent 10 years with the ACLU of California, where he worked as the statewide Director of Education Advocacy, and worked as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. He also served as a Deputy City Attorney in his hometown of Santa Cruz, California. Before attending law school, Brooks was an Upward Bound program coordinator, an admissions officer with Stanford University, and a policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Education. He has a B.A. in Political Science with distinction from Stanford University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Terry Babcock-Lumish (PA 96)
Dr. Terry Babcock-Lumish founded Islay in 2005 to meet the needs of clients committed to effecting positive change, from local to global. Her research interests involve decision-making in financial innovation at the intersection of science, technology, and society. Recent years’ academic affiliations include the City University of New York, the University of Oxford, Harvard University, the University of Arizona, and the United States Military Academy, where she developed West Point’s first behavioral economics program and a partnership with the Culinary Institute of America. Dr. Babcock-Lumish served as the founding Director of Public Policy at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, dedicated to education, research, and civic engagement, in the historic New York City home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt. She has worked in local, state, and federal government, most recently as a Presidential Management Fellow in the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Upon leaving the White House in 2001, Terry served as a researcher for two books by the Honorable Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore. She completed her BS at Carnegie Mellon University, and earned her MPA in environmental and technology policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs as an Eli Lilly Community Assistance Fellow. She read her DPhil at the University of Oxford as a Truman and Clarendon Scholar. In her free time, the Cordon Bleu-trained chef may be found experimenting with new recipes, practicing yoga, or participating in occasional tests of endurance on foot or by bicycle. She lives in Newark, DE with fellow Truman Scholar, US Army Major Brian Babcock-Lumish.
Stacey Brandenburg (GA 95)
Stacey Brandenburg is an technology lawyer who advises entities of all sizes on privacy, data security, and emerging technology-related issues. A veteran of the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Stacey regularly represents companies in FTC investigations involving Section 5 of the FTC Act, the FTC’s endorsement and testimonial guidelines, and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). She also works with clients in responding to inquiries from State Attorneys General and has negotiated settlement agreements with their offices.
Stacey works closely with clients to prospectively develop thoughtful and workable privacy and security policies and practices, guides companies with their implementation, and provides compliance training. She also provides legal advice regarding appropriate privacy disclosures, Internet of Things issues, native advertising, and COPPA. Stacey also has significant experience advising fantasy sports sites and operators regarding compliance with the emerging regulatory frameworks and laws.
Before joining the FTC, Stacey practiced at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she litigated commercial disputes and advised clients on emerging technology law issues. She is a long-time adjunct at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she teaches about privacy issues, including social media, big data, wearables, the Internet of Things, and the constitutional issues relating to government access to information.
After Stacey received her law degree from the NYU School of Law, where she was a Truman Scholar, she clerked for Judge Ronald Buckwalter in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Stacey also earned her B.A. in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar.
Cheryl Burtzel (TX 80)
Cheryl Burtzel is a Partner in the Austin, Texas law firm of Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP. Cheryl has extensive experience in leading cross-functional, global teams in complex technology transactions, policy development and implementation, crisis management and regulatory compliance. Her background includes negotiating transactions valued at up to $6.5 Billion in the energy, utilities, communications, digital media and healthcare industry sectors. Cheryl’s clients include technology companies as well as private and public sector entities procuring technology. In addition, she has led development and implementation of efforts to address data breach incidents and compliance with privacy regulations. Cheryl has worked on key public-private partnerships in the healthcare and technology sectors and on transactions and compliance matters in Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia. Prior to returning to private practice, Cheryl was a member of the Global Legal Team at Dell, Inc. for eight years. She was a Legal Director for a $9.5 billion business unit of Dell, Inc. serving the Public Sector, Education, and Healthcare. The role included serving as a member of the business unit’s executive management team. Other assignments at the company included service as part of the company’s Government Relations team. Among other company awards, Cheryl received the Dell CFO Award for her contributions to a key GSA Schedule transaction.
Cheryl’s public service includes serving as Section Chief for Government Contracts for the Texas Attorney General’s Office and as a technology transfer professional for the Engineering Program for the Texas A&M University System. She incorporated and was a co-founder of the Texas Technology Transfer Association, a professional association for university technology transfer professionals. Cheryl also served on the staff of then State Senator Chet Edwards, where she worked on a package of legislation on technology and economic development including requirements for intellectual property policies and technology transfer at Texas universities.
A frequent speaker and author, Cheryl is active in the leadership of the American Bar Association. She is a Vice Chair of the State and Local Division of the Public Contracts Section and a Co-Chair of the Enterprise Technology Subcommittee for the Cyberspace Law Committee of the Business Law Section. Cheryl is passionate about healthcare and privacy issues, as well as healthcare information technology. She is a member of the Texas eHealth Alliance, as well as other community and professional organizations. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1985. Cheryl also earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in four years.
Marcia Chatelain (IL 00)
Dr. Marcia Chatelain is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. Previously on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma’s Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College, Dr. Chatelain researches a wide array of issues in African-American history. Dr. Chatelain writes and teaches about African-American migration, women’s and girls’ history, and race and food. Dr. Chatelain has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma and the University of Missouri's Student Affairs division. Dr. Chatelain is a member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020, a 2000 Harry S. Truman Scholar, an alumna and honoree of the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, and a 2011 German Marshall Fund of the U.S. Fellow. In 2012, Dr. Chatelain was awarded an American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined) and a Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her second book, which examines the relationship between communities of color and fast food, has received grants from the Duke University Libraries and the Frances E. Summersell Center for the Study of the South at the University of Alabama. In 2014, Dr. Chatelain created #fergusonsyllabus to encourage educators to discuss the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri. Dr. Chatelain hosts Office Hours: A Podcast (available on iTunes) in which she talks to students about the things most important to them.
Albert Cho (AZ 01)
Albert Cho is Xylem’s Vice President for Strategy and Business Development. He leads corporate and business strategy, market intelligence, and business development activities across the global ~$4 billion enterprise. Before Xylem, Cho worked as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary at the State Department, where he was a White House Fellow and served on Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was an executive at Cisco Systems, where he led innovation projects applying information technology to environmental challenges. He also worked at McKinsey & Company, where he helped found the Sustainability and Resources Practice and advised clients in the industrial, high tech and financial sectors. He served at the United Nations with Undersecretary General Jeffrey Sachs on a global plan for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Albert is a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the editorial advisory board of World Water and was appointed by Secretary Pritzker to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Environment Technologies Trade Advisory Committee. He received an M.Sc in development economics and an M.B.A. with distinction from Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College.
Dave Cooley (TN 82)
Dave Cooley’s combined experience in public service and public affairs spans 30 years. He served as Deputy Governor of Tennessee during the administration of Governor Phil Bredesen, after directing the governor’s Transition Team. He also served as Chief of Staff when Bredesen was Mayor of Nashville, and was chief of staff to the Chairman of the Tennessee Public Service Commission. He is currently a principal in Cooley Public Strategies, based in Nashville.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University and an M.A. from the University of West Florida’s Rayburn-Dirksen Institute for Politics. He is a 1982 Truman Scholar from Tennessee. Cooley serves on the boards of the Tennessee Tech Foundation, the Music City Bowl, and the Nashville Sports Council. He has served on the Regional Truman Scholarship Selection Committee since 1993.
Venu Gupta (IL 94)
Venu Gupta is Vice President of Development at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She provides strategic direction and oversight to the Shriver Center’s fundraising and outreach efforts, including individual and major giving, corporate and foundation relations, and events. Venu has 15 years’ experience in the legal and nonprofit arenas, including seven years as executive director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, where she expanded funding, programming, and outreach to the legal community. She is also an active volunteer for social justice causes; she co-founded the South Asian Philanthropy Project and is a board member of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest. Venu is a graduate of both Harvard Law School and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Joe Heyd (OH 83)
Since April 2010, Joe Heyd has served as Director & Associate General Counsel, Global Litigation, for The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. As P&G’s head of litigation, Joe leads P&G’s efforts to pursue and protect its legal rights in disputes and litigation across global regions and subject matter areas, including product liability, consumer class actions, IP, trademark, and commercial matters. In 2014, Joe was the head of P&G’s Labor & Employment Law team, a position he held through 2015. Joe reports to P&G’s Chief Legal Officer.
Before joining P&G, Joe spent 15 years as an in-house attorney with General Electric. At GE Legal, Joe was promoted through a series of positions, including five years as the head of litigation and preventive law at GE Aviation. In that role, Joe led a team that delivered results in litigated cases, disputes, internal investigations and compliance matters for GE’s worldwide Aviation business. Before joining GE, Joe practiced law at a private law firm in Cincinnati, following an appointment as an Assistant US Attorney in Chicago. As a federal prosecutor, Joe conducted grand jury investigations and handled trials and appeals for a range of offenses, from narcotics to fraud to violent crime. Joe began his legal practice by serving as a law clerk to Chief Judge William Bauer of the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals in Chicago.
In 1989, Joe graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a Managing Board member of the Virginia Law Review, and Order of the Coif. He is an honors graduate of The Ohio State University, where he obtained a BA, cum laude, in Political Science and received a Truman Scholarship.
Vincent Indelicato (NY 02)
Vincent Indelicato is a partner in the Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group at Proskauer Rose. His practice focuses on the representation of debtors, creditors, statutory and ad hoc committees and equity holders in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. He is frequently consulted by leading distressed hedge funds, investors and creditors on complex domestic and international insolvency and restructuring issues, and has extensive experience in representing boards of directors and private equity sponsors of financially troubled companies in connection with high-profile workout and bankruptcy planning matters across a variety of industries. Over the last several years, Vincent has played a lead role in some of the most significant corporate reorganization cases in the United States. These include his representation of the Statutory Committee of Unsecured Claimholders in the chapter 11 cases of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company Inc., which filed for bankruptcy with more than $18 billion of funded debt; the Los Angeles Dodgers in their $2 billion acquisition by Magic Johnson and Guggenheim Partners; Brookfield Asset Management in the $2.5 billion debt restructuring of Kerzner International’s Atlantis Bahamas Resort; and J.P. Morgan and other substantial creditors in the chapter 11 cases of MF Global, a financial services company with $41 billion in assets.
Vincent writes extensively on restructuring topics, and his writing has been featured in The New York Times DealBook, The Bond Buyer, The New York Law Journal and the leading industry blog Distressed-Debt-Investing.com. He also has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the New York Metro editions of Super Lawyers every year since 2013, and received a 2013 Turnaround Award by The M&A Advisor. Vincent has assisted Martin Bienenstock as an Adjunct Professor of Corporate Reorganization at both Harvard Law School and University of Michigan Law School, and is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association.
A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Vincent graduated from University of Michigan Law School as commencement speaker. Prior to law school, he served as the Special Assistant to United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, and worked as a personal aide to John C. Whitehead, former chairman and senior partner of Goldman Sachs. He also led a team of entrepreneurs to bring the world’s first hybrid taxicab to New York City. Vincent graduated with an English degree from Haverford College, where he served as president of the student body and was one of 16 college students from the United States to be selected as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. He was a visiting student of English at Pembroke College, Oxford University. A native New Yorker, Vincent attended Regis High School, a tuition free private high school for young men who demonstrate superior intellectual and leadership potential.
Josh Petersen (WA 96)
Josh Petersen is a 1992 Washington State Truman Scholar. He grew up in Seattle and attended Seattle University. He attended the University of Cambridge where he studied the History of Political Thought. Josh previously worked for former US Congressman, and two term Washington State Governor, Mike Lowry. In 1996, Josh joined Amazon.com as the 65th employee. He now serves as a Director at Amazon, working on consumer cloud storage. Josh has three children and lives in Seattle.
Anthony Shop (MO 04)
Anthony Shop is a pioneer in the field of digital media and online advocacy. A former journalist and press secretary, Anthony is the first new media professional elected to the prestigious National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He founded the Club’s popular “Get It Online” digital media series, which has hosted luminaries from USA Today, NASA and The White House to discuss media trends with the national opinion leaders and influencers.
Starting from a deep belief that the future is bright and people come before technology, Anthony co-founded the digital innovation agency Social Driver with his husband Thomas in 2009. Social Driver has since been named the 7th fastest growing agency in the United States by The Agency 100. As Chief Strategy Officer, Anthony has sparked innovative campaigns for a portfolio of industry-leading clients. Anthony earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he now teaches as an adjunct lecturer.
Horacio Trujillo (NM 94)
Horacio regularly advises philanthropies, businesses, governments and social purpose organizations on leadership, strategy and long-range planning for global development and humanitarian initiatives. In addition, he is an affiliated researcher of the RAND Corporation, is the lead instructor on assessment and learning for The Philanthropy Workshop, the world’s leading philanthropy education network, and teaches at various universities on global development and security.
Horacio’s leadership in philanthropy includes having served as the Director of the Metanoia Fund, a private philanthropic fund to foster inter-organizational collaboration to advance progress on global challenges, and as Director of Research, one of the members of the executive team that founded Humanity United, the human security-focused philanthropic spinoff of the Omidyar Network.
Horacio’s university teaching includes having led the development of Occidental College’s studies in international political economy, international development and human security. He has also taught at Pepperdine University (economics), Stanford University (ethics and public policy) and the University of Kabul (public policy). His published research spans various issues of global development and security, including counterterrorism, disaster response management, prevention of election-related violence, and international action on ending mass atrocities.
Horacio has previously served as a legislative staff member handling foreign policy and national security/defense policy in both the US House and the US Senate, and has cofounded various social purpose organizations focused on community development and social justice in the US and international understanding.
The organizations that Horacio has advised include public and corporate philanthropic foundations such as the Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Packard Foundation, MasterCard Foundation and Nike Foundation; national and multilateral agencies, such as the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Global Compact, the US Agency for International Development and the UK Department for International Development; social purpose organizations, such as Aegis Trust, the Environmental Defense Fund and Goodweave; and initiatives to engage business in social purpose, such as the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and The Sustainability Consortium.
Horacio holds degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Oxford University’s International Development Centre, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the RAND Corporation, where his doctoral work combined qualitative and quantitative research methods to analyze complex social issues to provide practical policy guidance.
Janice Ugaki (UT 90)
Janice Ugaki is the President and Co-Founder of Firmseek, an award-winning marketing and technology company based in Washington, DC. Before starting her company, Janice designed and taught courses at Harvard College and worked in the corporate departments of law firms in Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Salt Lake City. Janice received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with an Honors B.S. in Finance, an Honors B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Japanese. Outside of work, Janice serves on a broad range of non-profit boards in two areas she feels passionately about: healthcare and education. She is on the Board of Trustees for Intermountain Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare systems, and also serves on the Park City Hospital Governing Board and Chairs the Park City Hospital Foundation Board. Janice is a member of the University of Utah’s National Advisory Council, co-chairs the University of Utah Honors College National Advisory Board, served on the University of Utah’s College of Science Advisory Board, and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Honors College where she taught an Honors Leadership Colloquium. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as Vice-President for the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and as a Board Member of the Park City Education Foundation. Janice lives in Park City, Utah with her husband and two kids and enjoys traveling, skiing and hiking with her family.
Dayne Walling (MI 95)
Dayne Walling has extensive experience in policy, management, planning, development and research. He is the owner and manager of 21Performance (www.21performance.com), a consulting company built on his professional experience as a public executive, social entrepreneur, and research fellow. He works with nonprofit, business, and government organizations to enhance long-term sustainability and achieve better outcomes through innovative policy, strategic planning, and development practices. His clients include the MSU Regional Economic Innovation center, Diplomat Pharmacy, and the national Center for Civic Participation/State Voices, as well as local Flint nonprofits and faith-based groups. Walling served two terms as the Mayor of the City of Flint and under his leadership the city adopted its first comprehensive master plan in more than 50 years and developed collaborative initiatives in public safety, infrastructure, education and volunteerism. Before serving in elected office, Walling worked in the nonprofit and public sectors in Washington, DC and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. He is a prominent speaker and commentator on urban policy, community development and civic engagement. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and on the Michigan Community Service Commission. He holds degrees in social relations, modern history, and urban affairs, has completed the preliminary exams for a doctorate in geography, and has served as an adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint and Kettering University. He was a Rhodes and Truman scholar, an Aspen Rodel fellow and an AmeriCorps alum.
Adair Boroughs (SC 01)
Adair is a 2001 Scholar from South Carolina. She is Executive Director of Charleston Legal Access, a sliding scale, non-profit law firm based in Charleston, South Carolina. She previously practiced as a civil trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Richard Gergel, and taught high school mathematics. Adair received her law degree from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree from Furman University. She has served as a member of the Truman Foundation’s Finalist Selection Committee, on the Atlanta interview panel, as a Senior Scholar at TSLW, and is a past-president of the Truman Scholars Association. Adair lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her spouse Bryan and her two daughters Annalia and Rory Paige.
Kent Bradley (KS 86)
Dr. Bradley currently serves as Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of OB/GYN for University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita at Wesley Medical Center and is in private practice with Associates in Women’s Health, P.A., Newton, Kansas. During the 104th Congress, Dr. Bradley served as a senior health policy advisor for the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Majority Staff (now called the HELP Committee). Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker (R-KS) chaired this committee. His chief area of responsibility was the Public Health Service Act, which includes the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was also very involved with health insurance reform legislation and “drive through delivery” legislation.
Since returning to Kansas he has served as an appointee by the Governor of Kansas to serve on the “Kansas Vision 21st Century Taskforce” on Early Childhood. He is Past Chairman and thirteen-year member of Newton Medical Center’s Board of Directors. He is Past Chairman of the Board of the Kansas State Alumni Association and The University of Kansas Medical Alumni Association. He currently serves on the Board of the Kansas 4-H Foundation. He was a member of Leadership Kansas and has been active in several statewide campaigns. He has served the Truman Foundation as a Senior Scholar from 1997-2005, and as a member of the Midwest Selection Committee since 1998. The Truman Foundation awarded him the Elmer B. Staats Award in 2006. He is a former TSA Board member as well.
A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Kent received his Bachelor of Science, with Honors, in Nutrition Science from Kansas State University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas. He is a board certified Diplomate of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and also serves as an Oral Board Examiner in Obstetrics since 2008.
Cameron Brown (ID 95)
Cameron is a 1995 Truman Scholar from Idaho who has a deep passion for volunteerism and philanthropy, particularly in education. In addition to the Truman Council, he has served on the Andrew Carnegie Society Executive Board at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently based in London, he is a Senior Industry Principal for HCL Technologies Digital & Analytics, working with global clients on digital transformation. His permanent home is in New Jersey.
Robert Burns (NC 88)
Robert is an entrepreneurial leader with more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, community development, and state and local affairs. Robert currently serves as Senior Vice President in the Greater Washington market for Citi Community Development where he leads Citi’s commitment to achieving financial inclusion and economic empowerment for underserved individuals, families and communities. As the Greater Washington Market Manager, Robert oversees community development activities with nonprofit and public agencies across DC, Maryland and Virginia to expand access to financial products and services, create sustainable business solutions and build more inclusive cities to improve opportunity for all – including those in low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color.
Previously, Robert served as Executive Director for City First Enterprises and Homes, a CDFI and affordable housing organization in Washington DC. Robert also served as Director of Field Operations for NeighborWorks America in its Washington, DC headquarters where he supervised five regional offices across the country and provided resources, training and technical assistance to the NeighborWorks Network. He also helped create and led the local government solutions division for national non-profit, IBTS.
Robert served in city management and previously worked in local government in Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina and North Carolina. Robert is a 1988 Truman Scholar from North Carolina and remains active within the Truman Foundation and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Foundation. He has served on the Board of Managers for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, the Board of Directors for the North Area Cable Television Association in St. Louis, and the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Area Insurance Trust.
He serves as President of the Board of the Grounded Solutions Network, a national non-profit working to build strong communities from the ground up. He also serves as Vice President for the Alexandria Housing Corporation Board of Directors, board member with Capital Area Asset Builders and board member of the Virginia Community Development Corporation. For the past three years, Robert has taught community development and housing courses for Virginia Tech University.
Robert received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and his Bachelors degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University.