Bob Pilon is designing and leading a new strategic partnerships function at Bloomberg Philanthropies to mobilize leadership, financial resources, and attention for priorities across Bloomberg’s global ecosystem, including protecting the environment, racial wealth equity, arts and culture, and other programs and projects important to its founder, Mike Bloomberg.
Prior to Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bob spent 20 years advocating for some of the most pressing issues of our time including extreme poverty and global health, criminal justice reform, and public-school and arts education. He’s worked alongside many of the world’s leading philanthropists, cultural influencers, creatives, and corporate brands raising hundreds of millions of dollars and producing events and campaigns to spur the public to take meaningful action.
Bob’s executive leadership experience most recently includes being founding president of the REFORM Alliance — a criminal justice reform organization co-founded by Jay-Z, Meek Mill, and Michael Rubin — chief development and partnerships officer at The ONE Campaign and (RED) — a global advocacy organization co-founded by U2’s Bono — managing director at Malaria No More, and vice president of strategic partnerships at the Herbie Hancock Institute. He was also a senior development officer at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation after starting his career as a product development analyst at Bloomberg LP.
Bob was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Penn State University where he was first introduced to the purpose and power of philanthropy through the Penn State Dance Marathon.