Rob Breen, SFO, Ph.D.


Rob holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in public policy and administration (environmental policy and administration) from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor’s degree in history and art from the State University of New York at Geneseo.   He also studied religion at the University of San Francisco, and is currently working on a certificate in Franciscan Studies at Washington Theological Union.  

Before coming to Siena College, Rob worked in public administration for state and local government, nonprofit agencies, and the Catholic Church, directing initiatives in natural resource protection, ecological restoration, community-based environmental education, and youth and young adult leadership development with urban, rural, and tribal communities on the east coast in the southwest.  

He is founder and director of the Franciscan Ecology Center, and serves as a policy analyst for the Franciscan Action Network in Washington, D.C.  He serves as Chair of the Youth & Young Adult Committee for the Secular Franciscan Order (Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Region of upstate New York), and serves on the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee.  

He is married to Meghan Breen, SFO, MSW and is father of Nuala (b. 2006), Éamon (b. 2008), and Maeve (b. 2010).

He enjoys hiking, camping, biking, canoeing, snowshoeing, listening to Irish music (and playing Irish tin whistle), reading Celtic/Irish history and mythology, Franciscan and Celtic spirituality, writing, and listening to trees grow.