Contributor

Rich Robinson

Media and Public Relations pro

Before his move to Washington, DC, Rich 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 href="http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/19/us/the-inauguration-a-musical-smorgasbord-2-concerts-gel-sounds-of-america.html" target="_hplink">"A Call for Reunion,"</a> the celebration of President Clinton's first inauguration, as well as the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Harry Connick, Jr., Clint Black, and jazz legend Milt Jackson. As a TV producer, he created more than 1,200 celebrity and political guest segments for various national and L.A.-based programs, including Comedy Central's quirky talk show, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215270/" target="_hplink">"Turn Ben Stein On."</a> In 2006, Rich began work as a political media strategist as the communications director of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wwdems" target="_hplink">Western Washtenaw Democrats</a>, an active grassroots organization based outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also served as an informal media consultant to <a href="http://www.markschauer.com/" target="_hplink">Mark Schauer</a>, who was the Democratic caucus leader in the Michigan State Senate. During the election cycle of 2008, Rich was named communications director for the campaign to re-elect Michigan State Representative Pam Byrnes. He crafted a media strategy that helped Byrnes defeat her challenger, 63% to 34%. He was interviewed several times on Air America Radio and had numerous op-eds published. After the election he continued to advise Schauer, who was elected to Congress in Michigan's 7th District. In 2012, he was communications manager at <a href="http://advancementproject.org" target="_hplink">Advancement Project</a>, directing the communications campaign for its Voter Protection program, which included a comprehensive strategy integrating national, state traditional and social media that effectively altered the "voter fraud" narrative. He managed a team of communications professionals and consultants to develop messaging, materials and media strategy. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Rich was at <a href="http://citizen.org" target="_hplink">Public Citizen</a>, where he designed and implemented the communications campaign for the <a href="http://sensiblesafeguards.org" target="_hplink">Coalition for Sensible Safeguards</a>, an alliance of environmental, research, health, consumer, labor, and public interest groups working to preserve the nation’s system of vital regulatory protections. Before that, he was press secretary at <a href="http://generationsunited.org" target="_hplink">Generations United</a>. Since June, 2014, he as been working as the Communications Director for <a href="http://www.vop.org" target="_hplink">Voice Of the People</a>, a DC-based, nonpartisan organization working to give citizens a greater voice in government policy making decisions. Rich studied journalism at Central Michigan University and lives in the Washington, DC area.