Robert is CEO of one of the most innovative Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States. Robert is known for being a bold and strategic thinker while applying his passion for creating positive change in communities.
As a social entrepreneur and mission-driven leader, Robert believes that being a nonprofit is a tax status, not a business strategy. Robert’s approach to transforming his organization through this mantra has led him to benchmark against best practices from all industries. Robert’s passion to impact the lives of youth led him to the Boys & Girls Club, where for the last 11 years he has spent transforming his organization, innovating in his industry, and challenging the status quo. In June of 2016, Robert led the successful merger with another Club to introduce the newly formed Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast serving the youth of Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, & Orange.
Robert started at the Boys & Girls Club as a volunteer mentor after a career in Law Enforcement and quickly saw the potential for what the Club could become. Under Robert’s leadership, the Club has expanded from a single site with 12 staff and 130 kids to almost 120 staff serving over 7,000 children annually. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast now serve youth ages 6-12 at 50 sites and teens ages 13-18 at 14 sites.
In addition to the expansion of sites and staff, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast has also introduced innovative programming such as their Impact Model, Family Strengthening Initiative, Early Literacy Intervention, College Bound, and most recently a coding and robotics initiative. Robert’s message to the staff and Board is that he doesn’t just want Club Members to be college and career-ready, he wants all Club Members to be global-ready.
Key Awards & Recognition
Roberto Clemente Seat 21 Award - Angels Baseball
Nonprofit Person of the Year- Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
Judith Swayne Leadership Award- Orange County Community Foundation
Neighborhood Builder Award- Bank of America Foundation
Leadership Circle Award- PIMCO Foundation
Person of the Year- OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
OC Hot 25 (Most Influential Leaders)- OC Metro
Community Pillar Award- Assemblyman Jose Solorio 69th District
Education & Certificates
MBA with emphasis on Organizational Leadership- National University
BS degree in Child & Adolescent Development- California State University of Fullerton
AA degree in Justice Administration- Hawaii Pacific University
BGCA Leadership Summit- Harvard Business School
MAP (Management Action Program) -MAP Management Consulting
Impact Beyond the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast
Robert serves as a formal advisor to the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and is helping develop long-term strategy for the over 4,000 Clubs across the United States
Robert serves through Vistage Worldwide as a formal advisor to 16 for profit companies based in Orange County
Robert serves as an advisor, coach, & mentor to various leaders from nonprofit and for profit industries supporting key projects such as strategic planning, organizational development, management systems, executive hiring, & change management
Robert maintains an active network and sphere of influence that is diverse and includes leaders of small business, large corporations, nonprofit, education, elected officials, and philanthropic community
Robert is passionate about thought leadership, design thinking, strategic planning, developing business strategy, culture, public speaking, and mentoring