Rich Robinson brings more than 20 years of media experience
to the Stimson Center. In 2012, he served as communications manager for
Advancement Project’s Voter Protection program, which successfully altered that election cycle’s “voter fraud” narrative. Prior to that he was at Public Citizen, where he
designed and implemented the communications campaign for the Coalition for
Sensible Safeguards, an alliance of environmental, research, health, consumer,
labor and public interest groups working to preserve the nation’s system of
vital regulatory protections. He also has served as press secretary at
In 2006, Robinson was communications director for the
Western Washtenaw Democrats, an effective grassroots organization near Ann Arbor,
Michigan. During that time he served as a consultant to Mark Schauer, who was Democratic
caucus leader in the Michigan State Senate.
Through the election cycle of 2008, he was communications director for the
winning campaign to re-elect Michigan State Representative Pam Byrnes. After
the election he continued to counsel Schauer, who was elected to Congress in
Michigan’s 7th District.
Before moving to Washington, Robinson had a successful
career in Hollywood as a publicist, journalist and Emmy-winning television
producer. He’s worked with many of the biggest stars in the entertainment
industry, including Quincy Jones on “A Call for Reunion,” the
celebration of President Clinton’s first inauguration, as well as the Rolling
Stones, Janet Jackson and jazz legend Milt Jackson.
Robinson studied journalism at Central Michigan University.