About Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an American environmental attorney, author, and activist. He is the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 1954. Kennedy received a bachelor’s degree in American history and literature from Harvard University, a law degree from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in environmental law from Pace University.

He began his career in 1982 as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Following an arrest for drug possession in 1983, Kennedy volunteered for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also volunteered for Riverkeeper, a nonprofit seeking to preserve the Hudson River, and became the organization’s chief attorney in 1985.

Kennedy went on to found the Pace University Environmental Litigation Clinic in 1987. He worked as the clinic’s supervising attorney, co-director, and as a law professor at Pace University from 1986 to 2018. He founded the Waterkeeper Alliance, a group seeking to “strengthen and grow a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water,” in 1999, and served as its chairman and attorney until 2017.

In 2016, Kennedy founded Children’s Health Defense, a nonprofit seeking to “end childhood health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable and establish safeguards to prevent future harm.” The organization says it participates in lawsuits to “assist with handling mandatory vaccination in schools, the workplace, and in travel — as well as your right to informed consent.”