Robert Raben

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Robert Raben
Robert Raben, Founder and President of The Raben Group.jpg
Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs
In office
October 7, 1999 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Andrew Fois
Succeeded by Daniel Bryant
Personal details
Born Robert Raben
(1963-11-11) November 11, 1963 (age 51)
Miami, Florida
Political party Democratic
Alma mater New York University School of Law
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Robert Raben (born November 11, 1963) is the founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and consulting firm The Raben Group. The firm represents non-profit, government, and corporate clients, including the National Museum of the American Latino, the NoVo Foundation, and AirBnb. After completing his tenure as Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice under former President Bill Clinton, Raben worked as a political consultant and advisor in Washington, D.C.[1]

In addition to having a seat on the boards of several non-profit organizations, Raben is known as a bipartisan force for progressive change in Washington after being named a top lobbyist by Washington Life Magazine, The Hill, and Washingtonian Magazine.[2][3][4]

Early life, Education, and Career[edit]

Born in Miami Beach, Florida, Raben holds a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law. Shortly after law school, he clerked for the Supreme Court of Mississippi and taught Law at the University of Miami before he joined the firm Arnold & Porter as an associate specializing in international trade, federal lobbying, and white-collar criminal defense.[1][5]

Raben started his career on Capitol Hill as counsel for Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). He served in this capacity for seven years, advising him on civil rights policy and Judiciary committee issues.[6] His committee work for Rep. Frank eventually led him to his next role as Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee on the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property,[2] and for the Subcommittee on the Constitution. In conjunction with his service on the Hill, Raben taught as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.[1]

In 1999, he was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and subsequently Assistant Attorney General under President Bill Clinton on October 7.[7] Raben oversaw Attorney General Janet Reno’s legislative initiatives and handled extensive congressional oversight of the Department. He received unanimous confirmation vote for this position along with an endorsement from the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican subcommittee chairs. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Raben's confirmation "[would] place a proven person in a position that is critical to the cooperation of Congress and the Executive Branch." As Assistant Attorney General under President Bill Clinton, he oversaw Attorney General Janet Reno’s legislative initiatives and handled congressional oversight of the Department.[1] He acted as chief lobbyist and strategist on intellectual property, federalism, tort reform, and cybercrime issues.

The Raben Group, 2001-Present[edit]

In 2001, Raben formed The Raben Group.

The value-based firm drives progressive public policy by providing non-profit, corporate, and government clients with a suite of services including policy development, direct lobbying, coalition-building grass-tops campaigns, political counsel, and strategic communications.[8]

Notable clients include the American Civil Liberties Union [9] and the Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund (MALDEF). The Raben Group has been called one of the most influential lobbying shops in Washington.

Boards and Associations[edit]

Since 1995, Raben has chaired both the Hispanic National Bar Association's (HNBA) DC Foundation and Endorsement Committee. Additionally, he sits on the boards of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project,[10] the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies,[11] and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.[12]

Raben is also “perhaps best known for hosting salon discussions at his house with well-known journalists and politicos.” He frequently hosts salon discussions at his home with prominent journalists, politicians, activists and executives.[2]

Personal Life[edit]

Robert Raben has one daughter, Madeleine Raben Fenster, 23 years old.