Rashad Robinson

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Rashad Robinson
ResidenceNew York City
Alma materMarymount University
OccupationExecutive Director of Color of Change
Home townRiverhead, Long Island
MovementCivil Rights

Rashad Robinson is an American civil rights leader and nonprofit executive. He serves as executive director of Color of Change, having joined the organization in May 2011.[1] He is a board member of RaceForward,[2] Demos,[3] and State Voices.[4]


Robinson became the executive director of Color of Change in 2011.[5] The organization has a stated mission of strengthening the political voice of black America and making government more responsive to their concerns. Robinson organized many of the organization's initiatives, including a campaign against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[6] Under Robinson's leadership, Color Of Change played an important role in successful efforts to protect the principle of net neutrality by pushing the FCC to reclassify broadband as a common carrier service.[citation needed] In 2015, Color Of Change was ranked 6th on Fast Company's list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.[7]

Prior to joining Color of Change, Robinson held leadership roles at GLAAD,[8] the Right to Vote Campaign,[9][10] and FairVote.[11]

From 2010–2014, Robinson was selected as one of "The Root 100," a list of emerging and influential African Americans under 45.[12][13][14] He has made numerous media appearances in a variety of outlets, including NPR,[15] MSNBC,[16] and CNN. His writings and op-eds have appeared in The Guardian,[17] New York Times,[18] Huffington Post,[19] and many other publications.

In March 2015, Ebony Magazine identified Rashad Robinson as one of several "breakthrough leaders who have stepped up and are moving forward in the perpetual fight for justice."[20] In May 2015, Huffington Post featured Rashad Robinson in a series highlighting "some of the people and issues that will shape the world in the next decade." [21] The same month, Robinson was conferred an honorary doctoral degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Rashad Robinson grew up in Riverhead, Long Island and graduated from Riverhead High School in 1997.[23][24] Robinson began practicing activism as a high school student when he led a protest against a local convenience store that barred students from entering the store during their lunch break.[25][26] He also became involved with the NAACP while in high school.[24]

Robinson attended Marymount University where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in political science.[27][23]

Robinson resides in New York City.[26]


  1. ^ "ColorOfChange.org announces Rashad Robinson as new Executive Director". Color of Change. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Rashad Robinson: Board Member". RaceForward. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees".
  4. ^ "Leadership".
  5. ^ Center, Foundation. "Rashad Robinson, President, Color Of Change". Philanthropy News Digest (PND). Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  6. ^ Amazon Drops ALEC Under Pressure From Advocacy Group
  7. ^ Corvey, JJ. ".6 Color of Change".
  8. ^ Goode, Morgan. "GLAAD'S Senior Director of Media Programs Appearing Tonight on the Derek and Romaine Show". GLAAD. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  9. ^ Right to Vote Campaign
  10. ^ Robinson, Rashad. "Nebraska Ends its Permanent Voting Ban for People with Felony Convictions; Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto to Change the States' Felony Disfranchisement Law". Common Dreams. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Rashad Robinson". Fair Vote. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  12. ^ Piazza, Sean. "GLAAD's Senior Director of Media Programs, Rashad Robinson, has been named one of the top 100 emerging and established African American leaders by The Root". GLAAD. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  13. ^ "2013 The Root 100: Rashad Robinson". The Root. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  14. ^ "2014 The Root 100: Rashad Robinson". The Root. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Companies Fight Back Against Protesters With Financial Pressure". NPR. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  16. ^ "More questions than answers in Sandra Bland case". MSNBC. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  17. ^ "The US government could count those killed by police, but it's chosen not to". Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Equal Internet Access for All". New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Rashad Robinson". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Leaders of the New School". Ebony. Retrieved March 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  21. ^ "Rashad Robinson Is Leading The Social Justice Movement Into The 21st Century". Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  22. ^ "St. Mary's College Graduates 430 Seniors during 45th Commencement Ceremony". St. Mary's College of Maryland. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  23. ^ a b Lewis-Kraus, Gideon. "Rashad Robinson Built a Civil Rights Movement for the Digital Age". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  24. ^ a b "Riverhead grad speaks at Long Island NAACP luncheon | Riverhead News Review". riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  25. ^ "Rashad Robinson - Meet Crain's New York Business Class of 2018 40 Under 40". www.crainsnewyork.com. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  26. ^ a b "Riverhead native and civil rights leader Rashad Robinson to NAACP luncheon: 'Build power to change the rules' | RiverheadLOCAL". RiverheadLOCAL. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  27. ^ ""Power Is The Ability To Change The Rules": How Rashad Robinson Holds Companies Accountable". Fast Company. 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2018-08-14.