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Rob Schneider, Senior Director of Strategy

Rob Schneider is the Foundation’s Senior Director of Strategy. He has deep experience in developing countries, having spent the past decade at the U.S. Agency for International Development creating public-private partnerships between USAID, Fortune 50 corporations and philanthropic foundations. Most recently, Schneider led USAID’s impact investing and entrepreneurship initiatives as the Division Chief for Global Partnerships within USAID’s Global Development Lab, where he created and managed the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative to support local entrepreneurs around the world.

Schneider has broad government experience, starting at USAID as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2005, and working with both the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and at the Economic Development Administration, where he focused on U.S. urban development issues. He also has significant private sector experience through his work in the manufacturing and telecommunications sectors.

Schneider has an M.B.A. and master’s of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois.