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2015 Featured Talks » Finding the Money to Fund Translational Research

Finding the Money to Fund Translational Research

Rep. Scott Peters

Robert Klein
Klein Financial Corporation

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Rep. Scott Peters
United States Congressman,
52nd District of California

Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House committees on Armed Services & on Science, Space, & Technology Committee.

Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work. After a 15-year career as an environmental lawyer, Scott was elected to the San Diego City Council, where he later became the City’s first City Council President. On the Council, Scott helped lead the $2 billion redevelopment of downtown San Diego, the cleanup of the city’s beaches and bays, and the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects. He also pursued greater accountability and efficiency in government through the creation of a new Council/Mayor form of government with an independent budget review function.

In 2001, the governor appointed Scott to the Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy, and in 2002, the Speaker of the Assembly appointed Scott to the California Coastal Commission.

Scott also later served as chairman of the San Diego Unified Port District – a major economic engine that supports over 40,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs for San Diegans, with $3.3 billion in direct regional economic impact.

Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and worked as an economist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency before attending New York University School of Law. He and his wife of 27 years reside in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, California, where they raised their son and daughter.

Scott Peters, listed by National Journal in 2013 as the fourth most independent Democrat in Congress, is a problem solver with a record of bringing people together to get results.

Robert Klein
President, Founder, and CEO
Klein Financial Corporation

Robert N. Klein is President of Klein Financial Corporation, a company that designs and implements innovative solutions for affordable housing mortgage financing. Klein Financial Corporation acts as a development managing partner or as a development and finance consultant, assisting its clients with new construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable multifamily and mixed-use developments. More than $5 billion in financing has been arranged by Klein Financial for its projects or those of its clients. Throughout its history, Klein Financial also has served as a financial advisor to state and regional public entities.

Additionally, Bob is President of Klein Financial Resources, Inc. (and the Klein Group) which undertakes prototype real estate development projects. Klein Financial Resources and Klein Financial Corporation have been the primary developer and/or redeveloper of 388,000 square feet of retail and office space as well as over 4,500 housing units. Klein Financial Resources, Inc. has been the development consultant for 2,000,000 square feet of commercial rental space; 7,000 housing units, and 10,000 acres, in the aggregate, of land development. In a co-investment, asset management role, Klein Financial Corporation also maintains a current portfolio of approximately 3,000 units; part of this portfolio involves value enhancement programs that are in progress.