Rob Hope is Initiative Officer for the Bay Area Workforce Funders Collaborative, an Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation. The Collaborative supports systems change efforts to make the Bay Area workforce development system more responsive to the strengths and needs of low wage workers. Rob is passionate about engaging in organizational and leadership transformation that creates more equitable and inclusive institutions and dismantles the systems of oppression that perpetuate a lack of opportunity, particularly for people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.
He was previously Chief Program Officer at Rubicon Programs. Prior to joining Rubicon in 2009, Rob designed and managed re-entry and workforce development programs for formerly incarcerated people at Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota. Rob’s experience also includes program evaluation and policy analysis at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, and community-building around prisoner re-entry issues at Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, CA. Rob has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Vassar College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California-Berkeley. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Oakland, California.