Robert Haynes was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Robert began his career in 1968 as an Ironworker in Local 7. Over the years he gained the respect and trust of his peers, first being elected to secretary Treasurer in his local, and then in the MA AFL-CIO.
Robert enjoyed a distinguished career as President of the 400,000 member Massachusetts AFL-CIO as well as numerous successful leadership roles providing strategic guidance and fomenting key relationships for private organizations, legislative initiatives, charitable foundations and community based action groups. Robert was at the center of economic development, workforce development and creation of new jobs in Massachusetts and beyond.
Throughout his notable career Robert has gained a depth of expert, specialized knowledge as well as the vital relationships which accompanied holding senior roles in the following bodies:
- Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Board of Trustees, University of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board
- Boston Private Industry Council
- Governor Deval Patrick’s transition team on the Economic Development Working Group and the Secretary of Labor search committee
Based on these and other endeavors Robert developed and has maintained relationships directly with current, rather than former, decision makers of the highest levels of municipal and state governments. This same breadth of relationship is also enjoyed with current decision makers in higher education, healthcare, construction and many of Massachusetts’s largest private enterprises and Non-profit organizations.
Joseph’s career in the ‘green’ economy began as a national sales manager for a publicly traded clean-tech company that focused on recycling organic waste to fertilizer. This initial foray into the “green” economy was enough to convince him that he would pursue sustainable opportunities in one way, shape, or form, for the rest of his career. Joseph and other industry partners started Afriganics LLC, which designed and marketed organic fertilizer products to West African growers. During that time he also worked closely with solar power companies to collaborate on creating an inexpensive, highly resilient, and efficient solar powered water pump to irrigate fields in developing countries. This endeavor led Joseph to again strike out on his own to market a similar solar solution, this time designed for off-grid telecom towers that were seeing tremendous growth in developing countries at that time.
In 2011 Joseph returned to Boston to form a consultancy that enabled him to continue pursuing and supporting sustainable development. He handles business development for H&A as well as managing the firm’s energy portfolio, which consists of renewables, waste to energy, procurement of natural gas and electricity, and comprehensive energy reducing retro-fits of municipalities energy infrastructure. Recently he has led the firm’s efforts to pivot towards ‘Smart City’ technologies and other quality of life solutions. H&A now represents innovative companies in industries ranging from mobility, information/communication technologies, facilities and energy management.
He currently serves on the boards of Quantum Technology Group, Technology Partners Limited, Leading Cities, and the board of advisers for the Trustees of the University of Liberia.