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Rob Schneider, Senior Director of Strategy

Rob Schneider leads the Foundation’s strategy development and implementation as the Senior Director of Strategy.  His multi-disciplinary background as a diplomat, engineer, and economic development professional provides important context for the work of the Foundation.  Additionally, Schneider has deep experience facilitating partnerships to unlock private and public resources to create a better future for those living in both low- and middle-income countries and underserved communities in the U.S.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Schneider served at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Division Chief for Global Partnerships within the Global Development Lab, where he created and managed the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative to support local entrepreneurs around the world.

In addition to spending over a decade at USAID, Schneider worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (now the US Development Finance Corporation), providing loans to spur economic growth and development in countries receiving U.S. Foreign Assistance and with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Economic Development Administration, focusing on underserved communities in the U.S.

Prior to his government service, Schneider worked for ten years in a variety of engineering roles in the manufacturing and telecommunications sectors, where he led engineering and product development teams, and managed nation-wide infrastructure procurement programs.

Schneider currently represents the Foundation and serves as an advisor to the Engineering for Global Development committee which is part of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, and the National Council for Expanding American Innovation which is sponsored by the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Schneider has an MBA and Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois.