Dr. Bob Holsworth is the founder of Virginia Tomorrow.com. He is also a Managing Principal of DecideSmart (www.DecideSmart.com), a company that focuses on enabling innovation to succeed. His observations on national and Virginia politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the New York Times, and numerous other papers and newsmagazines. Bob has also appeared on almost all the major American television networks, the BBC and ITN in Great Britain, and Fuji Television in Japan.
Bob has served on a number of commissions and advisory boards. He recently chaired Governor McDonnell’s Indepedent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting. He was Executive Director of Governor Mark Warner’s Commission on Efficiency and Effectiveness that was led by former Governor L. Douglas Wilder. He also served as Co-Staff Director of the Commission on the Future of Virginia’s Urban Areas and on the Charter Review Commission for the City of Richmond. He currently sits on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment, on the Board of Directors for the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP), and on the Regional Leadership Council for Success by Six. He also serves on the advisory board for the Virginia Center on Aging, the Virginia Literacy Institute, and the Virginia Public Access Project.
Bob was the founding Director of both the Center for Public Policy and the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has received VCU’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. In 2008, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals honored him for his contribution to public education in the Commonwealth.