Dr. Bob Holsworth was selected as our first speaker because of his detailed political and legislative knowledge, his many years of experience in the field of political science, and his unique ability to speak from a non-partisan standpoint. Dr. Holsworth is an extremely interesting speaker and his understanding of politics is valuable to anyone who wants to understand the political landscape from an insider's perspective.
Bob Holsworth is a Managing Principal of DecideSmart. Prior to joining the firm, he was the Founding Director of the Center for Public Policy and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also served as Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the largest unit of the 31,000 student university.
Holsworth has occupied key positions in a number of major governmental initiatives. He was the executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness in Virginia State Government from 2002-04, a comprehensive analysis of the business practices of Virginia state government that became the foundation of an extensive governmental reform package. He has been the Director of the Virginia Executive Institute, the leading professional development program for state executives in the Commonwealth. He was Co-Staff Director of the Commission on the Future of Virginia’s Urban Areas, a gubernatorial commission that examined how Virginia’s urban areas could become flourishing parts of regional economies.
Holsworth also has considerable experience designing, leading and managing complex survey research studies, regional data initiatives, and countywide civic engagement projects.