Bob grew up in Berkeley and now lives in Oakland. He spent the first part of his career in academia and psychology, focusing on helping people, companies, and jobs all fit with each other better, and the rest of his career doing the same thing within Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. He is now a university administrator. He has published studies and essays on these topics, and has recently begun working with Operation Dignity with a focus on internal communication, human resources, and Board effectiveness. He earned his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology at Colorado State University and completed his undergraduate studies in political science and economics at the University of California, Berkeley.