The Randy Roberts Foundation was established as a way of celebrating the life of a very special man – and of extending his impact on and through the lives of others. Those who established the Foundation knew and loved Randy, and for us and other “Friends of Randy”, the Foundation makes perfect sense. “This is what Randy would have wanted!”
Randy grew up in south Florida, enjoying everything that the Sunshine State has to offer: he liked the outdoors, and he loved to hang out with friends — and he was known to have a mischievous sense of humor.
Randy’s interest in people and his love of his community and country also drew him to the serious world of public affairs, even at a young age. He was active in student government and in community causes, and as a teenager he served as the first student advisor to his local school board. Though the political party to which he was first drawn was not the one to which he devoted much of his energy later in life, even as a kid Randy showed flashes of the brilliance that later made him a legend in the Capitol.
Randy’s talents and interests drew him to a career in government relations. For most of his adult life, he made his living (and his contributions) as a “lobbyist”, bringing passion and integrity to that profession that transcended conventional stereotypes. He not only represented his clients and employers to the best of his ability, but he also worked hard to develop partnerships in public affairs – collaborative approaches to problem-solving that changed how things were done in city halls, state capitals and in Washington, D.C. while also changing the people with whom he collaborated.