Michael J. Robertson is a senior management and policy strategist who has shaped some of the most impactful national policy and electoral strategies over the past decade. Currently serving as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Robertson focuses on Domestic Finance and Fiscal Policy. Immediately prior, Robertson served at the White House as senior staff and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama for Cabinet Affairs.

He has been an integral member of Obama’s policy, legislative and political teams since 2004 when, after law school, Robertson joined Obama’s Senate race as a full-time volunteer realizing he wanted to pursue a career that would advance innovation, health, education, and opportunity for all Americans. After working his way from campaign volunteer to full time legislative staffer, he joined Obama’s bid for the Presidency in 2007. Robertson went on to help Obama win the presidency and subsequently joined his Administration starting in 2009 to 2012, as Chief of Staff for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

As the son of former teachers, Robertson has a thirst for learning. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he provided color commentary for sports radio, and is also a graduate and 2010 recipient of the Rising Star award from Golden Gate University School of Law. While in San Francisco he worked in the city’s robust venture capital industry sparking his interest in the intersection of innovation and finance to advance progress and change. Robertson completed a Masters in law from Georgetown University Law Center, focusing on trade policy. An avid golfer and traveler Robertson currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Sahar Wali. Michael has been an active board member since 2015.

Until there is a cure for cancer, there will always be a degree of uncertainty in the fight – which treatment, accept the risks of surgery or not, how far to push treatment, etc. However, there is a dramatic difference in making decisions as an informed patient and being told what to do by a doctor – and these differences have an affect on the patient and the curative nature of the treatment. Fighting cancer takes many forms – policy change, increased research, awareness and preventative measures, but all of these must have two goals in mind – 1) CARE for the patient and 2) create a knowledge environment where each decision is made within a strategic framework based on a CURATIVE outcome. By joining the public fight with Fight CRC, I hope to be a voice and model for those patients waging their own silent fights. – Michael J. Robertson

Read Michael’s cancer story in the Spring 2015 Beyond Blue