Robert Kagan

People are often confused about how a social worker wound up working as a finance and strategy consultant. Through my work in direct service and administrative roles at human service nonprofits, I saw firsthand how nonprofit finance can enhance or inhibit passionate professionals’ ability to make change. I decided to deepen this understanding by studying Social Enterprise Administration at the Columbia University School of Social Work.  Now at NFF, I am lucky enough to continue to learn from nonprofit leaders’ experiences in the field, share what I’ve learned with those in positions to make change, and contribute my small part towards a more just, equitable, and effective sector.  Hearing about how our work helps our clients make real change in the community drives me to bring my whole self to this work every day. In my free time, I love to spend my days with friends and family, keep up on the latest politics, make and listen to music, and get out of the city on my bike.   

Bio: Robert offers thought partnership and analysis to mission-driven organizations at the intersection of money, mission, and strategy. Prior to joining NFF, Robert served in both direct service and administrative roles at human service organizations, including The Center For Human Development and Family Services, The Door, and Solutions for Living. Robert received his Master of Science in Social Work with a specialization in social enterprise administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clark University.