Source of Hope Foundation Founders

Stephen Robert

Stephen Robert
Mr. Robert joined Oppenheimer & Co., one of the world’s leading investment banks, in 1968 as a Portfolio Manager, and quickly rose to become the company’s President by 1979.

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Stephen Robert is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Watson Institute for International Studies. He is Director on the International Board of the U.S. / Middle East Project, and a member of the Foreign Policy Program Leadership Committee at The Brookings Institution. Mr. Robert is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and a member of the Investment Committee of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and a Trustee of the New York Presbyterian Medical Center. He was Chancellor of Brown University from 1998 – 2007 and he was also a Director of Millennium Promise.

Mr. Robert and his wife Pilar Crespi Robert are the founders of Source of Hope Foundation. Its philanthropic mission is to aid desperate populations, particular in providing food, water, health care, education and micro-finance opportunities. To date, the foundation’s activities have been primarily in Africa, Haiti, Palestine, Colombia and New York City.

Stephen Robert joined Oppenheimer & Co., a leading investment bank, in 1968. In 1979 Mr. Robert became president of the firm and in 1983 assumed the role of Chairman and CEO. In March of 1986 he became a principal owner of Oppenheimer through a management buyout. He resigned form the firm in 1997, after its sale to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. From 2005 to 2008 he served as Chairman and CEO of Renaissance Institutional Management LLC. Mr. Robert is a former Director of the Xerox Corporation.

Pilar Crespi Robert

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Pilar Crespi Robert has had a longstanding career in the fashion world. While living in Rome, she worked as Fashion Coordinator for the designer Valentino. From 1990 to 1994 she was Worldwide Director of Communications of Gucci, based in Milano, Italy. She moved to New York in 1995 to open her own public relations agency – Crespi and Mariani Associates, and sold her business in 1999. In 1998 she won the ‘Matrix Award for Public Relations’.

She is now a Contributing Editor of Veranda Magazine, and the executive producer of Vlast, a documentary on Russian politics.

Pilar is Vice President of the Board of Henry Street Settlement, a social service agency that serves yearly 60,000 people in the lower east side of New York City. She is on the Advisory Board of Casita Maria, a charitable organization that serves Hispanics in Harlem and in the Bronx, and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

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Couple’s Vow To Assist The Poor

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In 1983, Stephen Robert took over the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and, through a management buyout, Mr. Robert became the bank’s principal owner in 1986.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL | JULY 11, 2011

From the Lower East Side to Africa, Stephen and Pilar Crespi Robert are focusing their philanthropy on helping the poor. It is a full-time effort for the couple and the mission of their Source of Hope Foundation.

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Stephen Robert, Pilar Crespi Robert, Barack Obama

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Stephen Robert and Former President Barack Obama

The founder of Source of Hope Foundation, Stephen Robert is the former CEO and Chairman of Oppenheimer and Company. Stephen Robert and his wife, Pilar Crespi Robert, established Source of Hope Foundation as a means of applying holistic approaches to the problems facing the global community. Focusing on sustainable aid programs that provide food, water, education, and healthcare to the developing world, Source of Hope Foundation provides humanitarian aid and emergency relief on four continents.

Source of Hope foundation is active in North and South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Working with NGOs and private foundations, Stephen Robert has funded training and education for underemployed youth throughout the world. Recognizing the crisis stemming from the economic hardships and lack of socioeconomic mobility in much of the Middle East, Stephen Robert has worked with organizations such as Mercy Corps to help bring knowledge-based economies to the third world.

As Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Source of Hope Foundation, Stephen Robert believes that increasing the economic growth of a region helps create a civil society and provides conditions that are more favorable for a lasting peace. Working with Google.org, Source of Hope Foundation is helping to establish Web-based businesses in areas where mobility is restricted. Identifying Gaza and the West Bank as untapped locations for the growth of information technology businesses, the foundation has helped fuel the growth of tech sector jobs in a region where the overall economy has declined.

Stephen Robert, Pilar Crespi Robert, Teresa Heinz, John Kerry

Stephen Robert, Pilar Crespi Robert, Teresa Heinz, John Kerry

The former owner, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Stephen Robert’s resume reflects a lengthy and successful business career. Chancellor of his alma mater, Brown University, from 1998 to 2007, he also served as Chairman and CEO of Renaissance Institutional Management LLC. Today, however, Stephen Robert spends most of his energy focusing on philanthropic and humanitarian projects.

The founder, with his wife Pilar Crespi Robert, of Source of Hope Foundation, Stephen Robert strives to make a difference in the lives of desperate populations living in poverty or recovering from catastrophic events. Through Source of Hope, the Roberts collaborate with other agencies to provide sustainable aid to distressed populations in many areas of the world including Haiti, sub-Saharan Africa, and New York City. That aid includes food, water, education, and health care, as well as micro-finance opportunities.

The foundation also supports the Henry Street Settlement, which serves 60,000 people annually in the Lower East Side of New York City, and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, where 50 percent of the patients are uninsured or on Medicare. Stephen Robert also sits on the Board of Directors of Millennium Promise, an organization that works with Source of Hope in Africa to end poverty and hunger.

In addition to his philanthropic work, Stephen Robert publishes articles related to foreign policy, as well as strong opinions on the plight of the U.S. economy. He shares his approach to fixing the banking system and turning America’s economy around in “Don’t Repeat Japan’s Mistake,” which appeared in The Daily Beast in 2009. In 2010, he wrote “The Fed’s Japanese Mistake Kicks Working People in the Teeth” for Forbes.com.

Mr. Robert most recently published an article titled “Can Moral Nations Abandon Palestine?” in the Israeli paper Haaretz. A frequent visitor to Israel and a major benefactor of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Stephen Robert has often written about his concern for the continued conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. His influential article “Apartheid on Steroids,” condemning Israel’s human rights abuses, appeared in The Nation in August 2011.