Robert Glavin | Founder

Bob Glavin

“It sounds like a cliché, but I’m here to do something that makes a difference in the world. If I won the lottery, I’d still do this work.”


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After 25 years in senior management positions at major institutions—the California Academy of Sciences, the University of San Francisco, Georgetown University Medical Center, among them—Bob founded Glavin Jacobson Inc. as Robert Glavin, Inc. in 1999. His expertise enables him to assist organizations to solve nearly every conceivable challenge related to fundraising, board service, and management, and to sustain their success subsequent to his engagement.


For more than a dozen years, Bob has been teaching graduate-level classes in nonprofit management at the University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. He is a popular conference speaker and an inspirational board retreat facilitator. Bob contributed a chapter to the book “Nonprofit Management 101,” which was praised by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams as “an invaluable how-to operator’s manual for the nonprofit sector.” He earned a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University and a master’s in nonprofit management at USF.