Robbee Baker Kosak
Fannie & John Hertz Foundation

Robbee Kosak is president of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. Best known for awarding the prestigious Hertz Fellowship, for 60 years, the Hertz Foundation has funded the top PhD students in the U.S. in the physical, biological and engineering sciences.

Prior to assuming the presidency at Hertz in 2015, Kosak had a 35-year career in university administration, during which she served as vice president for advancement at Carnegie Mellon University, RPI, and Bucknell University.

Currently, she is a founding board member of the American Middle East Institute, and a member of the prestigious International Women’s Forum, the Executive Leadership Board for the University of California at Davis, Viticulture & Enology department, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Previously she served on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and VisitPittsburgh.

She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, attended the Harvard Institute for Higher Education Management and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Nu honor societies.

Kosak resides in Pleasanton, California, with her husband, Tom, an award-winning graphic designer.