Graves draws on more than 25 years of experience working with private sector companies, nonprofits and state and local governments.
In the 1980s as a co-founder of e.Republic, Graves was instrumental in establishing the Government Technology event and publishing divisions of the company. These divisions expanded rapidly from a single Government Technology Conference in Sacramento, California (1987) to scores of regional and local conferences and print and online publications serving the government and IT sectors. As e. Republic’s Chief Administrative Officer and president, Graves helped orchestrate the company’s growth into new sectors of research and online publishing.
In 2006, capitalizing on his academic training in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Graves co-founded and served as president and editor-at-large of Green Technology, a California based nonprofit organization providing strategy and leadership for clean and sustainable communities. Bob helped produce three international “Governors’ Global Climate Summits” with a team from then California Governor Schwarzenegger’s office. He has also headed the production of numerous conferences on green technology, moderated roundtables on high performance buildings and guided training activities for over 5,000 building officials and design/construction professionals on CALGreen - California’s new green building code.