Rob Schneider is the Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation. Schneider joined the Foundation in 2018 as its Senior Director of Strategy and previously served at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Division Chief for Global Partnerships.
Schneider also worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (now the U.S. Development Finance Corporation), providing loans to spur economic growth and development in countries receiving U.S. Foreign Assistance and with the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Economic Development Administration, focusing on underserved communities domestically.
Prior to government service, Schneider worked for ten years in the manufacturing and telecommunications sectors, where he led engineering and product development teams, and managed nationwide infrastructure procurement programs.
Schneider has an MBA and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.