Bob (Robert) Lavigna

M.S., Human Resources Management, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Bob is Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement. His book, Engaging Government Employees (Harper Collins), is the first book to focus on employee engagement in the public sector.

Previously, he was Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Human Resources for the University of Wisconsin, Vice President-Research for the Partnership for Public Service, and Director of the Wisconsin civil service system. Bob began his career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office.  

He was selected as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Bob, a past President of the International Public Management Association for HR, has spoken at events across the U.S. and in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.