Robert N. Shapiro
Chief Executive Officer
Rob Shapiro became the Chief Executive Officer of Ropes Wealth on September 1, 2016. Previously, Rob was a partner in the Private Client Group of the global law firm Ropes & Gray LLP from 1987 until his retirement on August 31, 2016, serving as trustee for many families, chairing the firm’s Trust Committee, and focusing his law practice on estate planning, personal and charitable trusts, and philanthropic planning. Rob is currently a member of Ropes Wealth’s Investment Policy Committee and Business Oversight Committee.
As Chief Executive Officer, Rob is responsible for strategic planning and management of Ropes Wealth, and the oversight of day-to-day operations. He brings to the CEO position his extensive experience as a trustee and fiduciary advisor for individuals and families, and continues to serve in those roles. He has worked with different generational levels of families in all aspects of planning from finances and the organization of investments to trust structures for varied beneficiary situations, philanthropic initiatives, funding of children’s and grandchildren’s education, and retirement plans. Rob is a member of the Chairman’s Council of The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, an organization focused on promoting the importance of the fiduciary standard in investment and financial advice.
Rob has served as a trustee of the Peabody Essex Museum for more than twenty years, and has been president of the board since 2005. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. From 2006 to 2012 he was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, having previously been president of the Harvard Alumni Association and president of the Harvard Law School Association. In May 2018, Rob received the Harvard medal, awarded for extraordinary service to the university. He has also served as a trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy for ten years, and of Noble and Greenough School for more than twenty years.
Rob received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, concentrating in Philosophy, and was awarded the post-graduate Fiske Scholarship from Harvard to Trinity College, Cambridge University. He began his career as an English teacher at Noble and Greenough School and at Exeter Summer School, and then received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He was a judicial clerk in the United States District Court for Connecticut and United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before beginning at Ropes & Gray in 1979.