Robert is a Senior Fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute  as well as an advisor to the Democracy Prep Charter Schools. He left a career in journalism at Business Week Magazine in 2002 to teach fifth grade in a struggling South Bronx elementary school. Following five years in the classroom, he worked as an independent consultant offering strategic communications counsel and advocating on behalf of education nonprofits. Robert served as Vice President for Communications at the Core Knowledge Foundation until December 2012. Robert’s daughter attends University of North Carolina, where she is a member of the women's crew team.