ReadyNation


Robert H. Dugger
Chairman of the ReadyNation Advisory Board and Invest in Kids Working Group

Robert Dugger is a venture capital investor, a retired partner in the hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation, and former board chairman of Grumeti Reserves Ltd, a Tanzania wildlife conservation company whose tourism operations are managed by Singita, a hospitality company repeatedly ranked by Travel & Leisure magazine as among the best in the world.

Rob’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 was the first recipient of ZERO TO THREE's Reiner Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of Very Young Children. Rob is particularly focused on the development of early childhood pay-for-success social impact finance.

Rob 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. To improve the quality of economic research and analysis, Rob participated in founding the Institute for New Economic Thinking in 2009 and serves on its governing board and its advisory board. Together with Dr. James Heckman, University of Chicago professor and Nobel Prize winner, and Dr. Steven Durlauf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rob heads INET’s Global Working Group on Human Capital and Economic Opportunity.

Rob 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.





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