Robert Saroyan

President of Foundation


Robert Saroyan, President of Valley Children's Foundation

Rob Saroyan is president of the Foundation. In his role, he leads the Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation and the Guilds of Valley Children’s.

Rob came to Valley Children’s in March 2014 from an area healthcare facility, where he served as vice president and chief development officer for its Foundation for 13 years. Prior to that, he was senior development director at the California State University, Fresno Foundation/Save Mart Center. 

Rob’s previous positions include working in the California State Capital as an assistant to Gov. George Deukmejian, first as a writer and later in public affairs as a member of the Governor’s Advance Team. Originally appointed by Gov. Deukmejian, he also served as advisor to the chair, California Integrated Waste Management Board, under Gov. Pete Wilson.

Over the years, Rob has successfully honed his fundraising skills, from securing multiple million-dollar gifts – including the largest single gift to any healthcare system in Central California – to managing a comprehensive capital campaign and landing multiple six- and seven-figure gifts to support the $100 million goal to build the Save Mart Center at CSU Fresno. 

Now bringing his expertise in philanthropy and development to our team, Rob’s goal is to help Valley Children’s Hospital – one of the largest children’s hospitals of its kind in the country – develop a philanthropic program that also ranks among the largest in the country.

Rob, a California native, is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his young son, traveling throughout the world and meeting new people.