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Robert R. Hoopes ’85

Robert R. Hoopes, Jr. ’85 is a successful entrepreneur and nationally recognized leader in the field of public policy, reputation, and business management.  
Robert serves as CEO of VOX Global, a Washington, D.C.- based strategic communications firm that focuses on complex policy issues, issues management, sustainability, and great storytelling to diverse audiences. He has led some of the most high-profile work on a broad range of policy, reputation, and business issues for presidential campaigns, three Senate offices, Fortune 500 companies, higher education, and non-profit organizations.  
 
Robert is also a successful entrepreneur, founding VOX Global in 2007 and building it into one of the largest communications firms in the country. In 2021, he was appointed by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as a Commissioner on The President’s Commission on White House Fellowship, to select, mentor, and grow the White House Fellows Program. He also serves as vice chair of the Council on American Politics at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and on the Board of the First Tee of Greater Baltimore. 
 
Following WFS, Robert earned a B.A. in Government from Colby College and an M.L.A. from The George Washington University. He is married to Hilary Barnes Hoopes, and they have three children who are fourth-generation graduates of a Friends School. 
 
We are thrilled to honor Robert during Homecoming this year as the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. 
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