Robert grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and attended Cornell University, where he double majored in applied economics and environmental science. As an undergraduate, he took the opportunity to broaden his knowledge base by taking courses in political science, anthropology, and sociology, among others. After his sophomore year, he interned at the International Republican Institute. Additionally, during the summer before his senior year, he studied at the University of Edinburgh and interned at the Scottish Parliament.
After graduation, he interned for the government relations firm Peck Madigan Jones in Washington D.C. and later interned with the House Committee on Science Space and Technology before serving with the Peace Corps in Paraguay as an agricultural extension volunteer. Because of his time in Paraguay, he speaks Spanish and a good deal of Guarani.
After returning to the U.S., he was excited to join the MSFS program. He currently concentrates in international development and is particularly interested in the intersection of development and conflict management, as well as agriculture, the environment, and the role of the private sector in development.
"I chose MSFS to further my career in international service.”