Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., born into a distinguished political lineage, chose to weave his own path of public service, diverging from politics to champion environmental and children’s welfare causes. Nephew to President John F. Kennedy and son to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, he witnessed the tragic assassinations of both in the tumultuous ’60s.
Kennedy’s legacy is deeply rooted in advocacy, most prominently through the Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s leading clean water advocacy group, which he founded and led for many years. His relentless efforts in championing children’s health and combating toxic exposures birthed another significant organization, the Children’s Health Defense.
Throughout his career, Kennedy’s commitment to the environment and health has been unmistakable. With legal triumphs across several decades and continents, including the high-profile cases against Monsanto and DuPont, he’s become a beacon in the environmental movement. His leadership in rejuvenating the Hudson River led TIME Magazine to laud him as its “Hero for the Planet”, catalyzing the emergence of 300+ Waterkeeper entities globally.
A prolific writer, Kennedy has penned articles for major publications and authored multiple books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Crimes Against Nature” and “The Real Anthony Fauci“. Additionally, he’s ventured into children’s literature, enlightening young minds about American history and spiritual values.
Educationally, Kennedy holds degrees from illustrious institutions like Harvard, the London School of Economics, and the University of Virginia Law School. Further accentuating his commitment to environmental causes, he pursued a Master’s in Environmental Law from Pace University, where he contributed as a faculty member for over three decades.
Born in Washington, DC, in 1954, Kennedy is the third child of Sen. Robert Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. Currently, he shares his life with actress Cheryl Hines and their blended family of seven children.