Bob was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He graduated from Knox College and moved to Burlington in 1972. Burlington has been his home ever since.
Bob has had a long career in working in human services. He worked for The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity for 18 years, 12 years as executive director. As executive director, Bob supervised 150 employees and managed an $8,000,000 budget with over 100 funding sources.
While at CVOEO, Bob strengthened and expanded core programs like Head Start and The Low Income Home Weatherization Program. The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf expanded from a small pantry on North Street to its own building on North Winooski Avenue.
Bob also developed new programs, including the Warmth Program, the Micro Business Development Program, Employee Ownership Program, Project Self-sufficiency, The Mobile Home Project, The Fair Housing Project and Vermont Tenants, Inc.
In addition to his work at CVOEO, Bob served on the Board of Commissioners for the Burlington Housing Authority for nine years, and as the chair for five years. He also served on the board of directors of the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) for eight years.
Shortly after leaving CVOEO, Bob was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives from Chittenden District 3-4 and served for 3 terms. He served on both the local government and judiciary committees until he was elected Mayor in 2006.
Living in Burlington and in Vermont has given Bob a unique opportunity to be involved in his community and to work with others toward social and economic justice.