Robert delivers government relations solutions, strategic communications services, advice, and counsel founded on extensive policy knowledge, a reputation for bipartisan diplomacy, and extensive relationships within and beyond Washington. Domestic and international clients both benefit from his deep body of knowledge in the defense, national security, and homeland security sectors and as Executive Vice President at SIGNAL, Robert also guides clients with appropriations, export control, and oversight issues.
Robert brings with him more than a decade of legislative and political experience in senior positions in the White House and with the U.S. House of Representatives. As Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs for President Barack Obama, Robert developed and managed legislative strategies addressing defense, national security, foreign affairs, homeland security, appropriations, and oversight issues.
He was an integral part of the lobbying campaigns that led to the finalization of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (The Iran Deal), and multiple National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) and Intelligence Authorization Acts (IAA). Robert worked to facilitate passage of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He has addressed legislative challenges related to the United Nations, Brexit, sanctions, cyber security, climate change, the war against ISIS, the Cuba policy change, and refugees, among others.
Before his White House appointment, Robert served as a Senior Professional Staff Member with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. There he counseled Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), and later Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), on Middle East and North Africa policy. He also managed sensitive political, policy, and national security concerns on behalf of the Democratic Caucus, including developing legislative initiatives on military, political, human rights, and foreign assistance issues involving key countries of interest to the United States. In addition, he oversaw foreign military sales to the Middle East and North Africa region. Robert served four years as legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and handled committee work for the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Robert received his BA from Skidmore College and Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MALD) degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is also a recipient of a Certificate in Humanitarian Studies from Harvard. When he’s away from the office, you may find Robert and his wife enjoying a run or tennis match, going to the park with their young daughters, or, once in a while, sneaking out for a little fine dining.