Board of Directors

The Robertson Foundation for Government is led by a board of directors consisting of members of the Robertson family, who are committed to the vision and mission of the original founders, Charles and Marie Robertson. Below is the 2018 roster of directors.



Foundation administration, activities, operations, communications and partnerships are directed and managed by two full-time professional staff.


Partner Schools

The foundation currently partners with five U.S. graduate schools of international relations, policy, and public affairs to recruit, select, place and support Robertson Fellows. Staff and deans at our partner schools, listed below, collaborate with the Robertson Foundation for Government to ensure a wide variety of opportunities for fellows.

  • Peter F. Cowhey, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego
  • Robert Orr, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
  • James Stavridis, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • David M. Van Slyke, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Mark A. Welsh III, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University



The foundation and its fellows and partners are informed by distinguished advisors who are experienced leaders with expertise in civil service, federal government and workforce development, fellowships and scholarships, finance, graduate education, international relations, law, nonprofit management, public-private partnerships, and security. Our advisors are listed below with their affiliations.

Gregori Lebedev, RFFG Senior Advisor
Center for International Private Enterprise

Paul C. Light, RFFG Advisor
Wagner School of Public Service, New York University

John L. Palmer, RFFG Advisor
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Charles S. Robb, RFFG Advisor
Co-Chair, National Security Program, Bipartisan Policy Center
Former Governor of Virginia and U.S. Senator

Michael Schneider, Fellows’ Advisor
Director, Washington Public Diplomacy Program