Bob Boisture is president and CEO of the Fetzer Institute.
Bob has worked with the Institute continuously since 1993. From 1993 to 2011, he served as a legal and governance advisor to the Institute's Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Institute's board since 2011, became interim president and CEO in March of 2013, and has been president and CEO since September 2013.
From 1979 to 1986 and from 1993 to 2011, Bob was a lawyer in private practice, specializing in legal and governance issues affecting charities and foundations. Until 2008, he practiced at Caplin & Drysdale, a prominent Washington, DC law firm, where he became a nationally recognized expert in nonprofit law, headed the firm's Exempt Organizations Practice Group, and served on two occasions as president of the firm. During this period, Bob's practice focused heavily on serving as a legal, lobbying, and strategic advisor to a broad range of cause-based charitable advocacy coalitions. These included coalitions working to protect the environment, reduce smoking, strengthen tax incentives for charitable giving, protect nonprofits' right to lobby Congress in support of their missions, and toughen the sanctions on nonprofit leaders who abuse their positions for private gain.
From 2008 through 2013, Bob continued to provide legal and strategy advice to nonprofits as the principal of Boisture Law.
From 1986 through 1992, Bob served on the staff of the YMCA of the USA, initially as associate general counsel and later as the national Y's first director of public policy. From 2003 to 2007, he served as director of YMCA Activate America, a major national public health initiative to combat the obesity epidemic. From 2011 through 2013, he served as director of the Y's Achievement Gap Initiative, an effort focused on pilot testing and scaling evidence-based programs to increase the school readiness and school success of low income children and youth.
Bob received his JD from Yale Law School in 1979. He also attended Princeton University (AB, 1974, Woodrow Wilson Scholar), and Oxford University (BA, 1976, Marshall Scholar).