Robert E. Friedman Secretary

Bob Friedman has served on the Board of the Friedman Family Foundation for 29 years. He is Founder, and Chair Emeritus of Prosperity Now, a 40-year-old national economic development non-profit. In that role, he helped create the U.S. microenterprise, savings and asset-building fields and the international economic development and child savings fields. He serves on the Boards of Prosperity Now, Ecotrust, the Rosenberg Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation. He is a past board member of the Family Independence Initiative, Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, author of A Few Thousand Dollars: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone (released October 2018), The Safety Net as Ladder: Transfer Payments and Economic Development, editor of Expanding the Opportunity to Produce and a contributor to numerous other publications