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A leader in socially responsible investing
Robert has been a leader in socially responsible investing since the 1960s. He was the principal architect of the first Calvert Social Investment Fund in 1982 and was a leader in the movement to divest from apartheid South Africa. His activism and commitment to civil disobedience has led to arrests and beatings as well as boardrooms. He has founded, co-founded, and led numerous social change organizations such as Resist (against the war in Vietnam), United States Servicemen’s Fund (anti-war GI coffee houses), Haymarket Foundation (change not charity), Affirmative Investments (direct community investments), and Shared Interest (support for informal economy in South Africa since 1996) as well as the School for Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University. Robert is also a Harvard PhD in economics, who has taught at Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard, Boston University, UMass Amherst, and Simmons College. He has published two books and numerous articles about economic history and social policy. His strongest current interests beyond socially responsible investing are encouraging the anti-war movement among servicemen and women and their families, and working for campaign finance reform.