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The Lemelson Foundation Expands Strategic Expertise in Global Development and Urban Economic Revitalization
October 2, 2018
Rob Schneider, Senior Director of Strategy

October 02, 2018

Portland, OR – October 02, 2018 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced the addition of Rob Schneider to its staff as Senior Director of Strategy.

Rob will provide strategic guidance and leadership to further the Foundation’s mission to cultivate the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses in order to foster a more resilient US economy and improve the lives of the poor in developing countries. 

“Today's inventors are working to solve some of the biggest challenges of our time,” said Executive Director Carol Dahl. “We are excited to have someone with Rob’s experience in partnership-building to advance our efforts to unite stakeholders in key sectors - such as education, government, and economic development - who can help build enabling environments where inventors and invention-based businesses can thrive.”  

Rob comes to The Lemelson Foundation after a decade at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) managing public-private partnerships, including those between USAID and Fortune 50 corporations. As the Division Chief for Global Partnerships, he created and managed the $20M Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative, which has catalyzed more than $200M in private-sector funding to support innovative approaches that promote local entrepreneurs around the world. Rob has broad government experience, starting at USAID as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2005, and working with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and at the Economic Development Administration, focused on US urban development issues. In addition, Schneider brings a wealth of private sector experience through his work in the manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. 

The Lemelson Foundation provides support for projects that inspire students to become agents of change through invention and the creation of invention-based businesses. In particular, the Foundation focuses on Impact Inventing, supporting the creation of new products that will have positive social impact, are environmentally responsible, and are financially self-sustaining. The Foundation believes that Impact Inventing is a transformative force for solving critical problems in local communities and around the world, building resilient economies, and improving lives.