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Michael J. Robertson

Chief Strategy Officer
On October 30, 2018, our friend and partner Michael Robertson passed away after a 6-year battle with cancer.  Michael is survived by his family, including his wife, Sahar, and his son, Wali.  We mourn Michael’s loss and are heartbroken for Sahar, Wali, and the rest of his family.  Like so many others, we witnessed Michael’s strength, intelligence, decency, courage, and unyielding determination first-hand.  Michael’s death was announced in a message by President Barack Obama, whom Michael served as both President and Senator. In a profile published after Michael passed away, the Washington Post noted that “He was a great American whose light and brilliance filled every room he entered,” researcher Phillip Carter wrote on Twitter. “We will all miss him.”  Michael will be laid to rest on Thursday, November, 8, 2018 in Fresno, CA.  In lieu of flowers, you may wish to consider donating to the GoFundMe page that has been established to help fund Wali’s college education.

Michael J. Robertson served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Veretus.  He was a seasoned public affairs strategist who, for over 15 years, has been at the forefront of leading high-stakes proactive and crisis response strategies that build organizational profile and reputation.  With deep experience in national politics, the U.S. Senate and the across the Executive Branch, he had successfully executed comprehensive public affairs strategies that deliver results including brand and profile elevation and reputation management for organizations at the intersection of government relations, media communications, issue management, corporate and social responsibility, information dissemination and strategic communications.

Prior to Veretus, Mr. Robertson served as senior staff to President Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the White House.  He was a member of the President’s Management Council working with cross-functional teams leading development and implementation of government wide public affairs and communications plans on high-profile policy priorities, including the expansion of healthcare coverage, promulgation of agency rules and regulations, transition to increased national clean energy production, congressional investigations, crisis management and budget issues.

Mr. Robertson also served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where he led strategies to expand the information technology capabilities and energy efficiency of the Federal government, including implementing several first of their kind management and procurement programs across the Federal government. He was also a senior official at the Treasury Department focusing on domestic finance, where his portfolio included launching the government’s first-ever retirement financial product, increasing data transparency and financial cyber security policy.

Mr. Robertson is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he received his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law, and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.