In Memoriam

Robert Barnes

Founding Partner
1960–2002

A fifth-generation San Franciscan, Robert's leadership and tenacity greatly influenced the political landscape of San Francisco for over 20 years.

Robert was a passionate advocate for his candidates and causes. He was responsible for electing more gay and lesbian candidates to office than any other political consultant in California. He also co-managed the first domestic partners initiative in San Francisco.

Robert served as a consultant and advisor to dozens of elected officials, including Mayor Willie Brown, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Supervisor Mark Leno, and Assemblywoman Carole Migden. He was a consultant for many important civic institutions and their bond campaigns, including San Francisco City College, San Francisco Unified School District, Laguna Honda Hospital, California Academy of Sciences, the De Young Museum, and the San Francisco Public Library.

His commitment to gay rights, social change, and political involvement began early. Robert founded one of the nation's first teenage gay clubs in San Francisco's Lowell High School. At the encouragement of the late Supervisor Harvey Milk, the 18-year-old worked as the youth coordinator for the No on Proposition 6 campaign to defeat the anti-gay "Briggs" initiative.

Robert held numerous leadership positions in Democratic and LGBT community organizations. He was Chair of the Lesbian and Gay Caucus of the Satate Democratic Party and was elected to the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. As president of the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club, he transformed the organization into one of the most influential local gay political organizations in the country.

Robert loved San Francisco and was grateful for its tolerant climate that encouraged his success. San Francisco was well served by his passionate convictions.

San Francisco Chronicle Obituary, August 10, 2002

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