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Robert Dorsey

Robert (“Bobby”) Dorsey is a respected advocate, policy advisor, and leader with expertise in legislative and regulatory research and drafting, lobbying, internal and external stakeholder engagement, and strategic initiative advancement. In his current role as deputy chief of staff for the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, Bobby oversees legislative and communications priorities and assists the chief of staff with day-to-day agency operations.  

 

Previously, as associate state director for AARP District of Columbia, Bobby lobbied the District Council for reforms leading to improved outcomes for older District residents and their families. After receiving a Bachelor of English degree from Williams College, Bobby went on to attend the Howard University School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctorate in 2013. During his time at Howard, Bobby interned with the Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, where he researched tax issues. He was also a Crowell & Moring Law Fellow at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, an organization dedicated to providing housing for low-income District residents. 

 

Bobby currently sits on the Board of Directors for Gifts for the Homeless, a District-based nonprofit that provides essential clothing to local shelters, soup kitchens, and transitional housing facilities.