Bob Rapoza, Founder and President
Bob Rapoza has more than three decades of experience as a professional lobbyist. He is an expert on the federal budget and appropriations process, with special expertise in federal housing and community development policy. His knowledge and desire to ensure programs for disadvantaged communities and populations are not only sustained, but are able to reach their goals, has fueled his drive and success in securing and increasing funding for his clients’ work—even in a difficult budget environment.
Bob has been responsible for numerous legislative accomplishments, including saving federal rural housing and community development programs from budget cuts, establishing the Intermediary Re-lending Program at the Agriculture Department and securing funding for community development programs at the Department of Health and Human Services. At the Department of the Treasury, he effectively steered the New Markets Tax Credit program to enactment.
Bob also has earned recognition in the education and job training policy arena. His achievement in this policy area includes promoting creation of a YouthBuild program at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and guiding its more recent transfer to the Department of Labor. He first became involved with community development issues while serving with the Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs. After moving to Washington, D.C., Bob held executive positions with the Rural Housing Alliance, the National Rural Housing Coalition (which he continues to serve as executive secretary and legislative director), and the Rural Coalition before establishing Rapoza Associates in 1984.
Bob has served on the boards of several housing and community development organizations and has been a featured speaker on legislative issues, government and politics at numerous governmental, industry, and trade association conferences. He has been profiled in the Washington Post and in the authoritative Beacham’s Guide to Key Lobbyists.
Bob is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.