Robert (Bob) Friedman


Robert (Bob) Friedman founded the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in 1979 and continues as General Counsel. Bob’s most recent initiatives include launching the 1:1 Fund, the Initiative to Balance America’s Asset Budget and the New Entrepreneur Tax Credit Initiative. In the recent past, Bob was an instrumental leader in the Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship and Downpayment (SEED) program, an initiative to create an inclusive system of children’s saving accounts in the United States. A recognized leader in economic development innovation, Bob has contributed to the development of the U.S. microenterprise field, flexible business networks, state and federal entrepreneurial policy, asset building, and innovative benchmarking tools, like CFED’s Assets and Opportunity Scorecard.

Bob continues to contribute to numerous efforts to develop the asset-building movements, as well as advising on new strategies to bring excluded communities into the economic mainstream as entrepreneurs, savers, investors, and skilled employees.

Based in San Francisco, Bob also serves on the Boards of Ecotrust, the Rosenberg Foundation, the Friedman Family Foundation, and is a former board member of Levi Strauss & Co. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He is author of The Safety Net as Ladder: Transfer Payments and Economic Development and a contributor to numerous CFED and outside publications.