Bob Obana is the chief operating officer at Gladstone where he oversees all administrative and financial services. He has more than 30 years of experience in the administration of higher education and independent research organizations. He previously served as the executive director and chief executive officer at the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, and before that he served as assistant vice chancellor for budget and finance at UC San Francisco. He is a member of the Statewide Leadership Council for the Public Policy Institute of California and of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium. Bob has a BA in environmental science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Golden Gate University.