Christine Robinson

Social Justice, Early Childhood Funders Group
Carsey Fellow
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Christine Robinson is a seasoned leader of nonprofits, community-based organizations, public sector systems, philanthropic foundations, and a strategist known for her work in equity, vision articulation, program development, and design, program evaluation, the formation of collaborative ventures, and the launching of local, statewide, regional and national initiatives. Robinson’s work focuses on social justice. Areas of expertise include children, youth, and families; economic security and asset strategies; health disparities; human development, education disparities, equity, and inclusion; community development and place-based endeavors. Her life’s work recognizes the inherent dignity in all people and prioritizing work with historically marginalized communities. Robinson has worked in advocacy, community building, and philanthropy for more than 15 years. She chaired the national board of Grantmakers for Children Youth and Families and served as a founder and on the steering committee of the Grantmakers Income Security Task Force (now Economic Opportunity Funders), Youth Transitions Task Force, and the Funder’s Collaborative for Youth Organizing. She has been an active member of Grantmakers for Education, the Asset Funders Network, and is a founder of the Early Childhood Funders Group.

Robinson provides senior leadership, blueprint development, initiative crafting, analysis, and evaluation on some of the most vexing issues of our time to many of the nation’s leading foundations. For example, she was an architect of the Ford Foundation Close the Racial Wealth Gap initiative, the coordinating consultant for the national childhood obesity initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Project Director of the postsecondary persistence and completion initiative for boys and men of color of the Lumina Foundation.

In the late 1980s, Robinson was appointed Director of the Division of School Age and Adolescent Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was intimately involved in the establishment of the statewide network of school-based-health-centers and the first violence prevention coalitions in the U.S. She established the first multicultural HIV/AIDS coalition in the U.S., a significant disability initiative in Boston, and brings an abiding commitment to developing organizations, systems, and collaboratives imbued with equity.

Robinson was educated at Vassar College, Brandeis University, and the University of Pennsylvania and is trained as a developmental and community psychologist. She was the 2017-2018 Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania; in applied psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.