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 Call for Reunion," 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, "Turn Ben Stein On." In 2006, Rich began work as a political media strategist as the communications director of the Western Washtenaw Democrats, an active grassroots organization based outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also served as an informal media consultant to Mark Schauer, 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 Advancement Project, 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 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. Before that, he was press secretary at Generations United. Since June, 2014, he as been working as the Communications Director for Voice Of the People, 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.