Robert was the United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush between 2005 and 2009.
Before joining the Bush Administration, Robert was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Robert was also Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a software company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area and Chairman of the International Advisory Council of Time Warner Inc., where he had served as Executive Vice President of Global Public Policy.
Robert graduated with distinction from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969. He received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1977, where he was editor in chief of Law & Policy in International Business.