Robert Nelson was born in Manhattan in 1950 and grew up in Miami. He graduated from Miami Norland High School in 1968, where he played basketball, was on the yearbook staff and was a member of the Kiwanis Service Club. Rob graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in economics in 1972 and an M.S. in industrial relations in 1974. While there, he was active in student government. He was awarded a J.D. degree from Fordham University Law School in 1983. Rob’s prelaw school work included labor relations representative for the New York State Nurses Association and director of Personnel and Labor Relations at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  His legal career involved working in securities law until he retired in 2017 as vice president and associate general counsel with Legg Mason. Rob and his wife Gloria live in Darien and have two sons. He belongs to the alumni association of the University of Wisconsin and of Fordham University School of Law. His free time interests include hiking, sailing, snow skiing, history, reading, travel, working out at the Y and tennis. Sponsored by Martin Skala