Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., is the son of the late Reverend Dr. Robert E. Cornegy, Sr., Pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and (the late) Ellen Journey Cornegy. Both of his parents were active members of the church for a quarter of a century, and it is their spirit of servant leadership that continues to inspire and guide him. Presently, Rob as he is affectionately known is married to his beautiful wife Michelle, and he is the father of six wonderful children (Robert E. Cornegy III, Nicholas Ethan, Nia Imani, Nala Catherine Ellen, Noah and N'Kosi). He utilized his impressive 6' 10" stature to earn a full athletic scholarship to St. John's University. There he was a member of one of the greatest teams to call NY their home. During his time as a “Redman” the university made their only appearance in the NCAA final four. Rob went on to play basketball professionally overseas for more than ten years. Rob then chose to return home to Bed-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where he currently lives, to make use of his talents and experiences in order to build a better future for the community he so deeply loves.
As a dedicated and passionate community advocate, Rob recognized the needs of the community and used his own funds to purchase and rehabilitate a brownstone where he created "The Cornegy Residence": an 18-bed shelter for men suffering from substance-abuse and mental health related issues.
He did not stop there; Rob continued his long history of service implementation and delivery focusing on mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. He gained valuable hands-on experience by implementing an innovative service-delivery program that increased the number of inmates serviced dramatically while working at the Rikers Island Prison Complex. He sits on the boards of many organizations serving such populations and continues to develop such programs in the wider community. He holds a Professional Certificate in the treatment of individuals suffering from substance abuse issues; earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and holds a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College. He is currently a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and is the former Director of the Christopher Wallace memorial foundation and Director of the Regional Resource Prevention Center for the Children’s Aid society. Rob serves on the Youth Education and Safety task force for community board 3 and is a member and board member of the Stuyvesant Heights Lions Club also rob holds the distinction of being social action co-chair of the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, 2011 social action chapter of the year for the 2nd district.
Rob is also an adjunct professor of Marketing at Brooklyn College. Rob is a community organizer, advocate, and political activist with more than 20 years experience working in underserved communities around New York: Bedford-Stuyvesant; East New York; Brownsville; Crown Heights; Ocean Hill; Flatbush; East Flatbush; and the South Bronx. He has also worked in various high-capacity political roles ranging from Campaign Manager to Chief of Staff for numerous elected officials in the New York State Assembly and Senate. In 2009 Robert ran for City Council for the 36th District serving Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights. He is currently State Committeeman/District Leader of the 56th Assembly District serving Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown heights and parts of Bushwick.