Robert M. Weissbourd

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Robert M. Weissbourd

Template:TOCnestleft Robert M. Weissbourd is the son of Bernice Weissbourd and the late Bernard Weissbourd.

Weissbourd is president of RW Ventures, LLC, a Chicago based regional and community economic development consulting firm, and as well as former Vice-President of Shorebank Corporation and Executive Vice-President of Shorebank Chicago Companies[1].

Bob has been a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer, as well as author, on a broad range of urban markets, poverty, race, education, housing, and economic development issues. He has also testified on these issues before federal, state and local legislatures.


Robert Weissbourd clerked for federal Judge George Leighton, after receiving a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. from Yale University[2].

Business and legal career

Robert Weissbourd founded RW Ventures, LLC in 2000. He had previously served for ten years in executive positions at Shorebank Corporation, including most recently as Executive Vice President of Shorebank Chicago Companies.

While at Shorebank[3];

Robert Weissbourd (J.D.’79), vice president of Shorebank Corporation, works to strengthen Chicago neighborhoods by investing in entrepreneurs, real estate and community organizations, and to help market institutions understand the benefits of returning to the inner city. The success of his efforts has inspired institutions across the nation to invest in the inner city.

Before joining Shorebank, Weissbourd was a partner at Hartunian, Futterman & Howard, specializing in "federal constitutional and class action litigation, school desegregation and representation of government and non-profit agencies"[4].


Weissbourd is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. He has been active for over twenty-five years in community and civic organizations, including service as President or Vice-President of the Boards of City Colleges of Chicago, Crossroads Fund, Businesspeople in the Public Interest, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and PROCAN, as well as on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School, and the Advisory Committees for the (Chicago) Mayor’s Technology Advisory Committee, Brookings Metropolitan Economy Project and Brookings Urban Markets Initiative[5].

Crossroads Fund founders

Founders of the Chicago based Crossroads Fund were[6];

Board members

Crossroads Fund board members circa 1981[7];

Lawyers Committee for Harold Washington

In 1983 Robert M. Weissbourd was an Executive Committee Member of the Lawyers Committee for Harold Washington for Mayor.[8]

Links to Democratic Socialists of America

In 1988, Robert Weissbourd served on the Board of Directors of PROCAN (Progressive Chicago Area Network), an oganization which included several prominent Democratic Socialists of America members, including Alderman Danny K Davis, Roberta Lynch and Dr Ron Sable.[9].

Tribute to Golub and Montgomery

On November 16, 1989, Robert Weissbourd served on the Tribute Committee for the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Tribute to Leon Golub and Lucy Montgomery, held at the Congress Hotel, Chicago.[10]

Obama rep

Barack Obama sent two representatives to the University of Pennsylvania’s April 2008 “Urban Policy and the Presidency” debate to elaborate on their urban policy agendas.

Robert Weissbourd worked at the innovative Shorebank Corproration in Chicago for a decade, and was at the time Chair of Obama’s “Urban Policy Group.” Andrew Lamas also stood in for Obama. Lamas teaches in the Urban Studies Program at Penn, and serves on the board of the Bread and Roses Community Fund. Gideon Parchomovsky of Penn Law moderated[11].

Obama "Transition Team"

In 2009, Weissbourd was Chair of the Obama for America Campaign Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee and also served on the Obama Transition HUD Agency Review Team[12].

Along with other national urban policy and housing experts, he conducted a review of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, briefed the new Secretary, and developed recommendations for the incoming administration.

During the presidential campaign, Robert Weissbourd served as Chair of Obama for America's Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee[13].

JStreet advisory council

In 2009 listed members of the JStreet advisory council included Robert Weissbourd, President, RW Ventures[14].

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

In 2008, Robert M. Weissbourd and Marie Weissbourd were listed as sponsors/financial contributors to the Chicago based Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.[15]

As of February 2010, Robert M. Weissbourd served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago based Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.[16]

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