Robert Chambers leads the cultivation and management of Berklee’s institutional relationships, partnerships, and programs that advance Berklee and its standing in the Boston community; and provides executive leadership for Community and Government Relations, Public Safety, and Campus Business Services.
Prior to coming to Berklee, he held the position of legislative director for the state’s House Committee on Ways and Means, where he served as liaison to 200 legislative members and other administration offices. He was a pivotal member of the committee that crafted the state’s $42 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Long a proponent of fostering partnerships with community organizations and nonprofits, he has been an active member of and held leadership positions in several organizations including the Boston Arts Academy Board of Trustees, the South Shore YMCA of Massachusetts, the Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services Board, and the Fenway Alliance Board.
Previous positions include his role as chief of staff for the president of Cambridge College and a two-year stint as vice president and dean of students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He also worked at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) for 17 years, where he had the opportunity to work in various positions within student affairs before transitioning to the president’s office as the assistant to the president for government and community affairs. During his tenure at MassArt, with the leadership of the president, Chambers established the Office of Government and Community Relations, which he led in its first six years.