Rob Watson

Director of Student Programs

Rob is the Director of Student Programs at the IOP and staff coordinator of the Harvard Votes Challenge. His work has focused on themes of civic engagement, community development and educational equity in the US, Latin America and Africa. Prior to joining the IOP, Rob served as a consultant and advisor to organizations that include the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Harvard College, Tufts University, The Social Impact Studio, FUSE Corps and The Obama Foundation.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer, Rob has co-founded five civil society organizations in Paraguay, including, Teach for Paraguay, member of the global Teach For All Network and the Paraguayan Government's first national youth service program. Additionally, he's partnered with the Mayor, Superintendent of Schools and community stakeholders from his hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York to co-found the Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet, a collective impact organization that convenes ledaders across sectors to develop a citywide cradle-to-career agenda for children, youth and families.

Rob is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, New Politics Leadership Academy alumnus and former Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholar. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College, an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is pursuing a Mid-Career Master's in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School.