Robert Friedman

Founder and Chair Emeritus

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Bob Friedman is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Board for Prosperity Now, a 39-year old nonprofit dedicated to enlarging economic participation and prosperity for all. Bob helped create the U.S. microenterprise, saving and asset-building practice, policy and markets, and the international enterprise development and child savings fields. His third book, A Few Thousand Dollars: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone, was released by the New Press on October 9, 2018. In it, he argues that everyone needs a nest egg of at least a few thousand dollars to believe in and have a real economic future – as an entrepreneur, educated worker, homeowner, saver and investor – and that we could make this possible for everyone without spending another dollar, just by investing our wealth building tax incentives in everybody rather than just the lucky wealthy few. Bob is based in San Francisco (too far from his granddaughter) and serves on several Boards, including Ecotrust, the Rosenberg Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and the Friedman Family Foundation. He is a past board member of Levi Strauss & Co. and a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.