Chairman of the ReadyNation Advisory Board and Invest in Kids Working Group
Robert H. Dugger, PhD, is a venture capital investor, retired partner in the hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation, and former board chairman of Singita-Grumeti Reserves, a Tanzanian wildlife conservation and tourism project that Travel & Leisure magazine ranks number one in the world. Dr. Dugger’s main interest is early child development and organizing strong business coalitions in states to support high-return investment spending in children prenatal to five.
He co-founded ReadyNation to do this work and in recognition has received numerous awards and recognitions including: the McCormick Foundation’s Center for Early Childhood Leadership’s “Corporate Champion for Change” award in 2014, ZERO TO THREE’s “Reiner Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of Very Young Children” in 2013, and the Committee for Economic Development’s “Trustee Leadership Award” in 2008.
Dr. Dugger began his career at the Federal Reserve Board in 1972, and in the 1980s served on the staffs of the House and Senate banking committees and the American Bankers Association. From 1992 to 2008 he was a partner in Tudor Investment Corporation. Together with Dr. James Heckman, University of Chicago professor and Nobel Prize winner, and Dr. Steven Durlauf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Dugger heads the Global Working Group on Human Capital and Economic Opportunity at the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Dugger received his BA from Davidson College and his PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Federal Reserve Dissertation Fellowship.