Robert E. “Bob” Obana is Gladstone’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, he oversees all administrative services at Gladstone. 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. 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 and serves on the boards of the Kokoro Assisted Living Facility, the National Japanese American Historical Society, and the Tri-Valley Bank. Obana has an BA in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Golden Gate University.