Robert believes government can and should effectively leverage its resources by collaborating with community stakeholders serving vulnerable individuals and families to reduce historical inequities and disproportionate health outcomes. Robert has directly administered over $200,000,000 in local, state and federal funding to community based organizations working directly with marginalized communities and addressing the social determinants of health since he began his career with the City of Austin. He was responsible for expanding the City’s social service issue areas to include Health Equity, which funds programs specifically designed for populations experiencing significant health disparities such as immigrants, LGBTQI individuals, senior citizens and minorities.
Robert holds a B.S. in Health and Human Performance and a M.S. in Health Promotion from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.