Stephanie Robinson, Esq. is the President and CEO of The Jamestown Project, a national think tank that focuses on democracy. She is a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School and former Chief Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Ms. Robinson is a nationally recognized expert on issues relating to social policy, women, race, family, and electoral politics. She was featured as one of the 30 Young Leaders of the Future in Ebony Magazine, and was profiled in the book As I Am: Young African American Women in a Critical Age, by Julian Okwu. Ms. Robinson is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, meetings, and student lectures. Her views have been expressed in countless media outlets including the Associated Press, The Washington Post, C-Span, National Journal, National Public Radio, The Baltimore Sun, CN8, and Fox News.
Educated at the University of Maryland and Harvard, Ms. Robinson earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science and her J.D. from the Harvard Law School.
Ms. Robinson has long been involved in progressive causes and political affairs from her time in high school where she was the co-chair of the young democrats in the southern region of Ohio to her involvement as the spokesperson for the student campaign to increase the diversity in the faculty at the Harvard Law School. More recently she has organized for and participated in two presidential campaigns, and has been sought after for strategic advice by candidates and their top advisors.
As a political and legal analyst, Ms. Robinson has spoken on topics as varied as faith and policy, the War in Iraq, the political participation and voting trends of African Americans and women, and advancing democracy, economic liberty, and the human rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities around the world. Ms. Robinson is also a principal of the Robinson Sullivan Group, LLC (RSG), a consulting firm that provides comprehensive political and policy strategy. In this role, she provides legislative analysis and advice on the federal legislative process, manages and builds coalitions, and provides advice on constitutional and criminal justice policy and procedure.
Ms. Robinson has been instrumental in her work with The Covenant with Black America – the New York Times bestselling book. She contributed to the Covenant In Action the second New York Times bestselling book in the Covenant series and is working on the third book – Accountable: Making the Covenant Real. In building momentum for everyday people to engage and dictate their own circumstances by inspiring them to become agents of change in their own lives, Ms. Robinson’s work begins with participatory democracy in America with an aim of global participation and meaningful connections with citizens of the world.
Ms. Robinson has demonstrated a consistent and unique ability to connect people to politics in a meaningful way. As the National Director for Public Policy at the Center for Community Changes (the Center), one of the nation’s leading organizational voices for traditionally disenfranchised communities, she served as the spokesperson for the Center’s policy priorities and political strategies, and furthered these initiatives through critical partnerships at the national, state, and local levels.
Ms. Robinson also has international experience. In 1994, she spent time in Nairobi, Kenya where she served as a Member of the Committee for Constitutional reform and assisted in drafting and editing Kenya’s Model Constitution. She was a Member of President Clinton’s first Presidential Mission to Africa regarding children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. She also participated in the Table of Free Voices in Berlin, Germany, the first international public meeting of its kind. She was selected as one of only 110 other thinkers and leaders from around the globe to spend two days discussing issues and matters that impact our world.
As a practicing attorney, Ms. Robinson worked in the litigation department at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. There, she represented clients in civil and criminal litigation and specialized in the firm’s civil rights and education practice representing school districts, universities, and colleges. Ms. Robinson is a member of several professional associations including the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and the National Advisory Council for Corporate Voices for Working Families.
Ms. Robinson is a native of Steubenville, Ohio. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., their son, and their dog Niché.