Robert Shepardson

  • Senior Lecturer of Health Policy and Management


Specializing in policy, politics, and communications, Rob has worked in public affairs, issue advocacy, and strategy for over 35 years. He is a co-founder of SS+K. He has led an array of the firm's work across sectors including both President Barack Obama's campaigns (2008, 2012), the Obama White House, the Biden White House, Microsoft, HBO, Open Society Foundations, and the AFL-CIO. He has worked extensively in public health and healthcare, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LiveStrong, Mt. Sinai Health System, Let's Move! (former First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity campaign), Sandy Hook Promise, No Kid Hungry, Planned Parenthood, the UN Development Programme, the ONE Campaign, and many more. Before SS+K, Rob advised several heads of state and presidential campaigns abroad. In the spring of 2014, President Obama appointed Rob to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Rob is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of Neighbors Link. He is on the advisory boards of the Center for Health Communication at Harvard's School of Public Health, Hip Hop Public Health, and Share Our Strength. He was an All-American quarterback at Franklin and Marshall College and was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He is married, and he and his wife have three adult children.

Academic Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer of Health Policy and Management

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1983 Franklin and Marshall College
  • Other, 1985 Other, 1985, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University