Robert Boisture

President and CEO of the Fetzer Institute

I am persuaded that love is the only practical strategy for saving our democracy. Bringing love into our common life begins with affirming the full humanity and the sacred dignity of all our fellow Americans. It means having the humility to see how much we need to learn from those whose experience of America has been different from our own. And, most of all, it means making a wholehearted commitment to work--to REALLY work--for the good of all.

Bob Boisture has been President of the Fetzer Institute since 2013, and a Trustee of the Institute since 2011.

Under his leadership, the Institute has adopted the mission of “helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world.” The Institute’s goal is to help catalyze and support a global movement for spiritually grounded personal and social transformation. As part of its broader strategy, the Institute is working with a growing number of partners globally to catalyze the articulation of a “shared sacred story” for humanity in the 21st century, and, domestically, to catalyze a national movement to “heal the heart of American democracy.”

Over the past several years, the Fetzer Institute has been working with partners on the left and right to help catalyze the emergence of a bridging force in American culture and politics strong enough to arrest, and ultimately reverse, the growing polarization and toxicity that is threatening our democracy.

Trained as a lawyer, Bob spent most of his career in Washington, working with a broad range of nonprofits and foundations, including the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector. His work involved strengthening nonprofit governance and helping to design and lead major national advocacy campaigns involving environmental and health issues and the right of nonprofit organizations to participate in the legislative process.