Rob Lalka is a partner at Medora Ventures and a consultant at Propeller, a startup incubator in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a lecturer at Loyola University, where he teaches an MBA course on venture capital.

Lalka previously worked at Village Capital and was a senior advisor at the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Before that, he served in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Office of Global Partnerships and was on her policy planning staff. As a Presidential Management Fellow in 2010, Lalka co-authored the President’s cross-sector partnerships strategy. He earned the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award for his work on two presidential initiatives, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the Young African Leadership Initiative.

Lalka graduated from Yale University and holds his master’s degree in global public policy from Duke University.