Bob’s the guy who asks the question that leads to the answer we need. It’s a unique gift and a valuable asset in our work together.
Who We Are
Bob Bellafiore started Stanhope Partners in 2012 “to help good people do the right thing the right way.”
Over a 35+ year career in journalism, government and business, Bob has been a trusted adviser to governors, senators, CEOs, University presidents, non-profit leaders, educators, foundation heads, researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators.
He’s built a national reputation for delivering sharp insights, effective strategic advice and smart tactics that help clients see their visions become reality.
Bob excels in helping turn complicated information into simple and compelling language that makes sense to people whose understanding and support are essential to your success – whether you’re a company, an advocate, a non-profit service provider, a college or university, or a small urban public or private school.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
– Helen Keller
In addition to being committed to our mission, Bob is quick with wise strategic counsel and smart tactical advice on the wide range of issues we face as a Brooklyn’s largest broad-based community service organization. Plus which, he’s an absolute pleasure to work with.”
Joanne M. Oplustil, President/CEO, CAMBA, Inc. and CAMBA Housing Ventures, Brooklyn, NY
Bob was instrumental in helping our company secure the ability to serve low-income patients in New York State who have severe, hard-to-heal wounds from diabetes and other ailments. His counsel and insights helped preserve not only our business, but access to care for countless low-income New Yorkers.
Sean Geary, CEO, GWR Medical, maker of innovative treatments for hard-to-heal skin wounds
Bob has been invaluable in helping the Beginning with Children Foundation work through and solve the wide range of challenges that arise in supporting multiple schools in an often-charged atmosphere. Whether it’s communicating with parents, teachers and other school stakeholders or talking with The New York Times, Bob’s passion for our mission, top-shelf knowhow and personal attention are helping us be our best for the children and families we serve.
Nancy Lewson Kurz, CEO, Board Chair, Beginning with Children Foundation
When we were looking to launch our new strategic plan, we turned to Bob for help. Few people in the country match Bob for knowledge and insights into charter school policies and practices, strategic communications, politics, and the media. And fewer still can turn complex policies into simple, compelling language. The result was our highly successful One Million Lives campaign. Bob consistently under-promises and over-delivers.
Greg Richmond, CEO, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Coalition work is never easy. Bob and his colleagues played an integral role in supporting our effort to coalesce around a message and execute a strategy that resulted in one of the most widely revered grassroots advocacy successes in recent years with #bFair2DirectCare. Bob helped us cut through the ‘noise’ and concentrate on honing our most effective advocacy tool – our ability to organize at the grassroots level. But beyond that, Bob demonstrated a personal commitment to our efforts to secure a living wage for Direct Support Professionals, and thereby improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, rarely seen in any consultant.
Michael Seereiter, President & CEO, New York State Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, and a coordinator of the #bFair2DirectCare campaign
We have worked with a variety of large and small companies in an array of industries, and have unique and valuable insights into how enterprises can become more effective. Our experience includes services as a Trustee of America’s largest public university system, a senior executive at a $450 million private company, a board member of a 200-employee marketing firm, and a senior adviser to New York State’s chief executive.