Bob Bellafiore

Founder Bob Bellafiore

Robert Bellafiore brings 30 years of experience at senior levels of government, politics, journalism, public relations, public affairs and business.

Robert (Bob) Bellafiore is a communications pro who uses his 35+ years’ experience in journalism, government, advocacy, education and business to help clients solve their problems. He’s as comfortable working with Governors, CEOs, religious leaders, and university presidents as he is with parents, teachers, lawyers, non-profit leaders, academics and people with developmental disabilities.

A former state Capitol reporter for The Associated Press in New York, where his beats included Gov. Mario Cuomo, politics, education, economics, fiscal policy, courts and urban issues, Bob started Stanhope Partners in 2012 to “help good people who want to do the right thing the right way.”

Known as a skilled, effective and respected strategist and tactician, highly regarded among journalists, elected officials, colleagues and clients, Bob understands how smart messaging and timely communications with important stakeholders – through the news media and other vehicles – can strengthen an organization’s success.

Bob’s skills and knowledge of the public environment grow from a unique and successful career in journalism, government, business, K-12 and higher education, consulting, and non-profit management. 

He’s a frequent commentator on New York and national politics for both print and broadcast outlets. His commentaries have been published in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other major newspapers.  City & State Magazine has named Bob one of New York’s 50 most influential people at the intersection of public relations and politics.

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In government, Bob served as New York Gov. George Pataki’s first press secretary and chief speech writer, Director of Special Projects, and later deputy chief of staff for policy and planning. He helped shepherd passage and implementation of major reforms, including New York’s Charter Schools Act, and played senior roles in Pataki’s two successful re-election campaigns.

In business, Bob was a senior partner and board director of Eric Mower and Associates,

one of the nation’s largest independent marketing, advertising and PR agencies, and later Vice President at National Heritage Academies, a $450 million multi-state charter school operator.

He is a former Trustee of the State University of New York, the nation’s largest comprehensive public university system, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Albany (NY) Diocese and as Board of Trustees Chairman for Troy (NY) Prep Charter Schools.

Bob was a founding board member of the Chicago-based National Association of Charter Schools Authorizers (NACSA) and also served on the board of the National Charter Schools Institute (Mt. Pleasant, MI).

A native of Queens, NY, Bob began his career as a journalist and covered New York State government and politics for The Associated Press in Albany, NY, where his beats included Gov. Mario Cuomo, politics, education, economics, fiscal policy, courts and urban issues.

He and his wife, Marilyn, live near Albany, NY and have two grown sons – Fr. Sam, a priest in the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, and Robert Jr., a policy adviser in the U.S. Congress.

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx
Bob’s career includes top-level responsibility for:
  1. Political and governmental communications, media strategy
  2. Advocacy strategy and execution
  3. Crisis management and communications
  4. Message development
  5. Stakeholder identification and outreach
  6. Policy development
  7. Public policy research and analysis
  8. Government and political journalism
  9. Coordinated issue campaigns
  10. Grassroots development
  11. Business development and strategy
  12. Passing and defeating legislation
  13. Conference and seminar content development
  14. Speechwriting and speechmaking
  15. Trade association communications and management
  16. Board Governance in businesses, non-profits, K-12 and public higher education

Experience + Education


Stanhope Partners

Founder + President

Capital Tonight's ``Insiders``

Political Analyst/Commentator on NYS and National Politics, Policy and Strategy

National Heritage Academies

Vice President, Partner Services and Strategic Initiatives

Eric Mower and Associates

Senior Partner, Director of Public Affairs

Office of the Governor

Gov. George E. Pataki
Press Secretary; Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning; Director of Special Projects

State Univ. of NY Charter Schools Institute



The Business Council of NYS, Inc.

Communications Director

The Associated Press

Political and Government Reporter

The Knickerbocker News

Editorial Clerk, Reporter, Chef’s Secrets Editor
Volunteer Service

Catholic Charities of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese

Board of Trustees


The Evangelist Newspaper

Board of Directors, Albany, NY

Troy (NY) Prep Charter Schools

Board of Trustees

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Member, National Education Advisory Council, Cooperstown, NY

Sampling of Op-Eds and Commentary

“Charter Schools Don’t Have Eternal Bureaucratic Life.”

The Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2019


“The War on Charters is a War to Deny Minority Opportunity.”

The New York Post, August 26, 201

``The New York Union That Says Ni.”

The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2019

“2010: A Perfect Voter Storm.”

The New York Post, November 5, 2010

“Marching into Albany: Advice for Spitzer.”

The New York Times, December 24, 2006

“Dream Schools: Charters a beacon of hope.”

The New York Post, October 30, 2003

The University at Albany

B.A., English, Journalism


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