Robert N. Klein
About Robert N. Klein
President, Klein Financial Corporation, & Chairman, Emeritus Citizens’ Oversight Committee, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Chairman Global Business Advisory Counsel for the International Society for Stem Cell Research, Vice Chairman of Guttman Initiatives.
Bob Klein is President of Klein Financial Corporation, a real estate investment banking consulting company focused on affordable housing finance and development. The company has raised and/or consulted on approximately $3 billion in financing and development of public and private real estate projects and governmental housing funding organizations and programs. In his role as Vice Chair of the Guttman Initiatives Board, he serves with his wife Danielle, as a director of Lifeguard Health Networks and as a business strategy advisor.
Bob is also committed to advancing medical research. This commitment originated when his younger son Jordan was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in 2001. A year later, his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In 2002, Bob was a principal negotiator on a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation team that worked successfully to pass a $1.5 billion mandatory federal funding bill for an additional five years of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes supplemental National Institutes of Health research funding. Bob served as author of Proposition 71 and as Chairman of the California Proposition 71 committee, the champion sponsor of the 3 billion dollar “California Stem Cell Research and Cures” ballot initiative, passed in November of 2004 by 59% of the California voters. This initiative supports research with a focus on pluripotent and progenitor stem cell research. Proposition 71 bans funding for human reproductive cloning.
Time magazine honored Bob as “one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year” for 2005. Soon after, Scientific American named Bob one of “The Scientific American 50” as a leader shaping the future of technology. Other recent nation and international awards include; 1) Research Americas 2009 National Award for medical research advocacy; 2) Bio International’s 2010 Humanitarian Award for his impact on medical research and therapy development for chronic disease; and 3) International Society for Stem Cell Research’s first International Public Service Award (2011).
In other civic activities, Bob served for six years as a board member for the State of California Housing Finance Agency which has approximately $8 billion in financing outstanding, an S&P Bond rating of AA, and a history of receiving national awards in almost every category of affordable housing. This public corporation of the State of California was created by legislation in 1976, which Bob conceptualized, proposed and managed as the principal consultant to the California State Assembly and State Senate Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Renewal.
Bob served on the Board of Directors of the International Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for 6 years and he now sits on the Board of Chancellors. He has served as a director of Genome Canada, a governmental foundation of Canada that has a 2 billion dollar genomics research funding history. He has also served on the Board of the Global Security Institute, dedicated to reducing the global risks from nuclear weapons. His accomplishments include, in addition to writing the California Housing Finance Agency Act, the development of California’s first tax credit National Historic Site Restoration Project and development of California’s first local government, tax-exempt, bond-financed, affordable apartment project.
Bob has a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. While attending law school, Bob taught an undergraduate seminar entitled, “Three Case Studies in Political Reform: Judicial Interpretation of Civil Liberties; Environmental Regulations; and, Housing Programs Under the 1968 Omnibus Housing Bill.” He also served as an instructional leader and coordinator of a law school seminar entitled, “Legal Systems, Civil Disobedience and the Ghetto.” Bob held an internship with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in Switzerland.
Bob is a member of both the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Danielle Guttman-Klein, and has four children: Lauren, Robert, Jordan, and Alyssa and one grandchild Bennette.