Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs
Robert Arnakis is the Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs for The Leadership Institute, the nation’s premier public policy training organization. Robert oversees divisions which provide political education and training to tens of thousands of activists, elected officials, and political staffers.
Robert's 15 years of grassroots organizing, campaign, fundraising, and communications experience has established him as one the country's top political trainers. His background includes serving as campaign staff on presidential, congressional, municipal, and initiative-focused campaigns. Robert's best campaign memory was assisting U.S. Senator John Thune in defeating Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
In addition to Mr. Arnakis’ domestic work, he is frequently asked to aid international delegations. His body of work includes training NGO's, government officials and political party leadership from over three dozen countries including: Great Britain, Canada, Iraq, China, India, Cambodia, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, Serbia, Nigeria, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Peru. Most recently Robert worked with party leaders in East Timor, the world's youngest democratic country.
Raised in Lake Tahoe, CA, Robert attended Biola University where he majored in sociology and political science. He enjoys traveling, the San Diego Padres and University of North Carolina basketball. Robert is married and resides in Springfield, Virginia.