Rob Lalka is the Albert R. Lepage Professor in Business at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business, where he also serves as executive director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also is chairman of the board of Public Democracy Inc. Previously, he was a director at Village Capital and a senior advisor at the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Before that, he served in the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Partnerships and was on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff. He received his master’s degree in global public policy from Duke University and his undergraduate degree from Yale University.