A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Overseers for the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, Stephen Robert works to bring social issues to light and to find solutions for some of the most important problems facing America and the world. As a member of the Investment Committee of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Stephen Robert helps raise awareness about public policy issues, including the United States’ response to the financial crisis and the massive growth of both national and personal debt.
Major media outlets such as Forbes.com, The Nation, The Periscope Post, and The Daily Beast frequently publish Mr. Robert’s views on various issues relating to domestic and foreign policy. He often compares the downturn of the U.S. economy to that of Japan in the 1990s, urging America not to repeat Japan’s mistakes. Stephen Robert’s article “Apartheid on Steroids,” describing his concerns about human rights abuses stemming from the continuous conflict between Israel and Palestine, appeared in The Nation in August 2011.
The founder of Source of Hope Foundation with his wife, Pilar Crespi Robert, Stephen Robert promotes a holistic approach to supplying sustainable resources, including micro-lending, better health care, nutritious food, clean water, and a basic education, to poverty-stricken areas of the world. Reaching out to the world’s desperately poor populations, Source of Hope provides aid in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Palestine, Haiti, and other people in need, including underserved residents of New York City. In New York, Stephen Robert and Source of Hope support Henry Street Settlement, a social service agency that provides a broad range of programs to more than 60,000 residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Joining Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in 1968 as a Portfolio Manager, Stephen Robert worked his way up through the company, becoming President in 1979, Chairman and CEO in 1983, and the principal owner by 1986. After selling the firm in 1997, Mr. Robert spent three years as Chairman and CEO of Renaissance Institutional Management LLC. The Brown University graduate has also served as Chancellor, Fellow, or Trustee of the university since 1984.