Saturday, July 08, 2006

Interior Dept Legend Bob Faithful 'Moves' and is Feted

You would have thought he was retiring from the federal government but he was just moving from the U.S. Department of Interior Headquarters to another office in Herndon, Virginia. Robert 'Bob' Faithful, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is loved by his colleagues. They threw a big 'moving reception' that included gifts, tributes, food and laughter. AAEA has been a Bob Faithful fan for years. He even braved the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers on the AAEA boat during one of our trips. He is probably behind our Special Recognition by the department some years ago.

In the three years of his Directorship, Mr. Faithful received awards and recognition from numerous organizations. Robert Faithful conceived designed, and developed, a multi agency environmental business program "New Realities in Minority Business." Mr. Faithful earned a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Miami Univ of Ohio. While in law school, he was a Ford Foundation Fellow who studied in Uganda. After joining the Illinois Bar, he worked as a State Assistant Attorney General. He next completed a 4-year tour as a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Air Force. He has been part of the Interior Department since 1978 with extensive time in Alaska and Montana. He has directed the DOI Environmental Justice Program (94-96). He has two great teenage children, Richael and Bobby.

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