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Rob Lalka - Tulane University. New Orleans, LA, US

Rob Lalka Rob Lalka

Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation | Tulane University


Rob Lalka is an expert in entrepreneurship and innovation in business.





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Rob Lalka is professor of practice at the A.B. Freeman School of Business and the executive director of the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Lepage Center brings together scholars, inventors, investors and students to solve problems and build businesses.

Lalka is the co-founder of Medora Ventures, a consulting firm that supports investments with returns for shareholders, the local community, society overall, and generations to come.

He moved to New Orleans from Washington, DC, where he was a director at Village Capital and a senior advisor at the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Before that, Lalka served in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships and was on the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff.

Lalka graduated from Yale University and holds his master’s degree in global public policy from Duke University. He and his wife, Lynn, reside in New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood, where he serves as a Commissioner for the Broadmoor Improvement Association.

Areas of Expertise (10)


Social Entrepreneurship

Start Up Ventures


Venture Capital

Public Policy

Strategic Partnerships

Corporate Social Responsibility


Emerging Markets

Education (2)

Duke University: M.P.P., Global Public Policy 2008

Yale University: B.A., English and History 2005

Articles (2)

Opportunity Zones can boost business where it's needed

The Advocate

Rob Lalka


Editorial Louisiana is well-positioned to take advantage of investment in Opportunity Zones, but public officials and civic leaders need to develop strategies to optimize the outcomes.

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Don't rob "Opportunity Zones" of their full potential

The Hill

Rob Lalka and Scott Shalett

Editorial Ever since the tax reform law passed last December, we have been working with an enthused network of impact investors, mission-oriented businesses and public-sector leaders eager to identify new sources of private capital for some of our country’s most distressed areas — 8,761 census tracts designated as "Opportunity zones."

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