As executive director of Accenture government relations in North America since March 2018, Robert Hoffman leads a team of advocacy professionals to advance Accenture’s public policy agenda in the United States and Canada, reporting to Joel Unruch, Accenture’s general counsel and chief compliance officer. Robert brings to Accenture three decades of public-policy experience, including 18 years as a global government relations advocate for some of the world’s most innovative and dynamic companies.
Recognized four times by The Hill as one of Washington, D.C.’s top lobbyists, Robert previously built and led the technology practice at government relations firm Invariant; served as corporate vice president of global government affairs for Motorola Solutions; led the advocacy team as senior vice president for government relations at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade association of more than 50 world-leading technology companies; and served as the first vice president of global public policy for Cognizant Technology Solutions. Robert started in public policy advocacy as vice president of government and public affairs for Oracle. While at Oracle, he also served as co-chair of Compete America, a coalition of industries and trade associations dedicated to improving the U.S. visa system for highly skilled professionals, and as chair of ITI’s board of directors.
Robert spent his first 13 years in public policy as a policy advisor and speechwriter for four U.S. senators and the governor of California. His policy work in public service focused on technology, telecommunications, immigration, workforce development, and nuclear weapons proliferation.
As an advocate for the technology industry, Robert has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS and NPR; has been published in the Wall Street Journal; and was a regular contributor on tech policy for The Daily Caller.
A child actor and a 49-year member of the Screen Actors Guild, Robert was an original cast member on Little House on the Prairie, and had a recurring role on the award-winning public television program Villa Allegre. When asked if he misses acting, Robert’s usual response is, “Who says I’ve stopped?”
Robert received a bachelor’s degree in political science, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a master’s degree in public policy, with highest honors, from the University of Maryland. He resides in Arlington, Virginia.