Rob Black, Executive Director
GGRA - Golden Gate Restaurant Association
Rob joined the GGRA as the Executive Director in March of 2011. Prior to the GGRA, Rob was Vice President for Public Policy with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce where he worked on the Chamber’s federal, state and local public policy agenda. While at the Chamber, Black helped found Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, a national network of local chambers of commerce supporting sustainable energy policy.
Prior to the Chamber, Rob served as Legislative Aide to San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, and worked throughout Asia and Africa, conducting democracy development and civil society development programs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and President Jimmy Carter’s The Carter Center. Rob practiced as a campaign and government attorney with Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, LLP, and also served as the National Director for Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles. Rob currently sits as the chair of the Workforce Investment San Francisco, the policy body responsible for overseeing federal workforce investment dollars in San Francisco.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of New Mexico, and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.