Since coming to the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest in August 1997, Bob Schwartz has served as Director of Public Affairs, Director of Communications, Director of Political and Media Affairs and since January, 2005 has also assumed the Interreligious Affairs portfolio.
Bob supports the diplomatic staff with media-related issues and is the Consulate's point person for the editorial boards of major midwestern newspapers. He is also charged with analyzing Israel's treatment in the major media outlets in the Consulate's 11-state region. Bob has written columns and opinion pieces that have appeared in the Chicago Daily Herald, Detroit News, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kansas City Star and Indianapolis Star, among others.
Bob's Political Affairs responsibilities include arranging meetings with political leaders, preparing in-depth reports on how Israel is perceived, positions taken and legislation sponsored by the U.S. Senators and Representatives in the region as well as the impact of Midwest political and economic issues on Israel.
As the Consulate's point person on Interreligious Affairs, Bob assesses the perceptions and reactions of non-Jewish communities toward Israel and its policies. His duties also include encouraging support for Israel from non-Jewish communities and combating anti-Israel campaigns such as Divestment.
The Chicago Jewish News included Bob in its list of Jewish Chicagoans of the Year for 2003 in its Annual Guide to Jewish Living.
Before coming to the Consulate, Bob was President of Robert Schwartz & Associates, a firm that produced conferences on international business topics. Mr. Schwartz also wrote and published a two-volume Guide to International Business Resources.
Bob received a B.A. in International Relations from Lake Forest College (1971), and subsequently earned two Masters Degrees from the University of Chicago: International Relations (1985), and Public Policy Studies (1987) -- the latter from the Irving R. Harris School of Public Policy
Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest