Thursday, September 10, 2020
7:30 p.m. CST — Virtual Event
Wes Moore, Chief Executive Officer – Robin Hood Foundation
Wes Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran and a social entrepreneur.
Moore’s’ first book, The Other Wes Moore, a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. Moore is also the author of the bestselling books The Work, Discovering Wes Moore and This Way Home.
Five Days, Moore’s latest book, explores the uprisings in Baltimore in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody through a kaleidoscope of perspectives and examines critical questions about the deeper causes of violence and poverty.
Moore grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, where he was raised by a single mom. Despite childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Moore then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd airborne, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood Foundation, Moore was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdu, an innovative tech platform based in Baltimore addressing the college completion and job placement crisis by reinventing freshman year for underserved students. BridgeEdu was acquired by Edquity, a Brooklyn-based student financial success and emergency aid firm, in June 2019.
Moore has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York. He has served on numerous nonprofit and social-impact boards and is a lifetime member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
The joys of Moore’s life are his two children and his wife, Dawn.