Robert Stephan has nearly twenty years experience in government, politics and the private sector. For the last nine years he has advised clients on governmental relations and communication issues in the education, healthcare and transportation industries, among others.
Robert is a is a leader on Downstate Illinois issues. His prior experience includes working as the Downstate Director for former Comptroller Dan Hynes, Deputy Downstate Director for U.S. Senator Barack Obama and Special Projects Director for former U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello. He also served as an Advance Associate for the Obama-Biden White House.
Robert is a 1999 graduate of Illinois State University and has completed Masters coursework at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He was appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority in 2020. Robert resides in Godfrey, Illinois with his wife, Beth. They have two children, Alex and Maya.