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 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.

Rob is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, New Politics Leadership Academy Alumnus and former Gates Millennium Scholar. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.