Stephen Robert, Pilar Crespi Robert, Barack Obama

stephen robert, barack obama, pilar crespi robert
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.

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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.