Robert Cordes joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 1994 as vice president of finance and administration. He began his career at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, where he served in a number of accounting positions before being appointed controller. He went on to serve as controller for Dragonete, Inc., a public relations/marketing agency in Chicago. Cordes earned a BA in English literature from Carleton College and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. Codes has been a certified public accountant since 1995.