For 25 years, Robert Armenta, Jr. has been an outspoken advocate for social change. He’s fought for, defended, and advanced the health and human rights of communities in Southern California and beyond. Robert is a proven leader with a wide breadth of experience in non-profit management, public policy, electoral politics, and lobbying on behalf of progressive issues at all levels of government.
In his current position serving as Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC), Robert has helped to ensure that underserved women, men, and teens have access to healthcare and education they need to live healthier lives. Aside from leading the public policy and advocacy work, Robert also oversees the organization’s political action fund established to protect and expand reproductive healthcare and education in California.
Prior to joining the PPOSBC team, Robert worked as Chief of Staff for California State Assemblymember John Longville in San Bernardino County overseeing operations for both the Sacramento and district offices. He served as the Assemblymember’s principal staff advisor on budgetary matters and policy initiatives with an emphasis on education, health, and human rights issues.
Robert worked in Washington, D.C., as Legislative Assistant for the late Congressman George E. Brown Jr. representing cities of San Bernardino County. Robert briefed the Congressman on legislation concerning education, labor, and human rights issues. During this time he served on the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association Executive Board.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Robert served as Deputy Director of Casa Ramona, Inc., a social service organization and community center in San Bernardino County providing early childhood education, mental health, and medical services, and senior housing to underserved communities
Currently, Robert chairs the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California’s (PPAC) 2020 Electoral Strategy Workgroup that focuses on winning key state and federal legislative races. Robert’s other statewide service includes PPAC’s Legislative Committee, PPAC’s Social Justice Advisory Committee, and the California School Board Association (CSBA). His local community service includes the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board of Directors, Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance Board of Directors, Casa Ramona, Inc. Board of Directors, Sinfonia Mexicana Board of Directors, and co-chaired the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Committed to education and public service, Robert was elected to the Colton Joint Unified School District Board of Education in 2001, re-elected in 2005 and 2010. He served as Board President for two terms and was appointed to represent the district on the Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program Board for three terms. While advocating for student achievement in the classroom, Robert also implemented the first rating system for public high school districts’ sex education curriculum in California prior to the passage of the California Healthy Youth Act.
An accomplished political consultant, Robert has directed many successful campaigns. As a hobby, he continues to volunteer his expertise to help elect first-time LGBTQ+ and other community of color candidates committed to building healthier communities.
Robert received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino, earned a master’s in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, and participated in the CSBA’s Masters in Governance program.
Robert resides in the City of Riverside with his partner Dr. Eric Mooney.
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