Mr. Robert Barron

Title: Spec Assist - Pres for Gov & Comm Rel
Dept.: Office of the President
Office: Humphrey Center W18

Rob is the Special Assistant to the President for Government and Community Relations. In that role he represents Grand View before elected officials and bureaucrats and works to build relationships with the community on behalf of students, faculty, and staff.

Rob is also the co-founder of the Latino Political Network, a non-partisan organization which serves to educate and empower Latinos to serve at all levels of elected office throughout Iowa. He is also serving his second term on the Des Moines Public Schools Board of Directors.

Rob previously worked for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin for 13 years, including six years as his State Staff Director. Prior to starting that position, he worked for four years as Senator Harkin’s education policy advisor in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for work on education legislation at all levels, from early childhood education to higher education.

Academic Background

  • B.S. in Political Science from Grinnell College, May 2002
  • Studied at Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Fall 2000

Start Date at Grand View

  • February 2016

Areas of Expertise

  • Government Relations
  • Political Relations
  • Community Relations
  • Iowa Latino Community

Personal Interests

  • Kansas City Royals baseball
  • Public service

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
I am proud of our history of educating immigrants. Grand View was founded in 1896 to educate Danish immigrants. In many ways we've stayed true to our roots as we have a very diverse student population.
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
It is definitely the people. I'm very fortunate to work at a school with staff and faculty that are lovely people and completely committed to doing what is best for students. A close second is our location in Des Moines, which affords students opportunities for cultural engagement, internships, and post-graduate employment.
Rob Barron