Rashad Robinson was born on October 13, 1978. He is a highly respected civil rights leader and human rights advocate, a blogger, author, and current executive director of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
Rashad Robinson was born in Riverhead, Long Island, to Everett Robinson, a tile contractor and entrepreneur, and Shirley Robinson, a homemaker and business owner. Robinson attended Riverhead High School, and hosted a news talk shown on Cablevision’s public access channel. Following graduation in 1997, he enrolled at Marymount University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. As a student at Marymount, Robinson served as student body president during his junior and senior years. He also interned for former Congressmen Michael Forbes, following the representative’s switch to the Democratic Party.
Following college, Rashad Robinson held leadership positions at a number of social justice advocacy organizations, including as national field director at FairVote (formerly known as the Center For Voting and Democracy), and at the Right to Vote Campaign, a national collaborative of seven major civil rights groups, including the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, People for the American Way, and the American Civil Liberties Union. The Right to Vote Campaign worked to bring an end to voter disenfranchisement of people with felony convictions.
Rashad became the senior director of media programs at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and went to work spearheading the development of GLAAD’s Media Field Strategy division, which has helped build a communications infrastructure within movement organizations, and provided strategic media support, trainings, and message development in states across the country, supporting successful initiatives to change public opinion and policy.
In 2011, Rashad Robinson became the executive director of Color of Change. As a force driven by over one million members, Color of Change moves decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people and all people.
“At Color of Change, I get to provide the opportunity for our members—and the community at large—to leverage their voices in order to bring about real change. Every single day we hear and see the voices and stories of those that want to be heard and counted,” Robinson told the Ubuntu Biography Project. “At Color of Change, we take moments that exist in the world and provide opportunities for those folks to be part of movements for change.” He says he is “inspired by how we accomplish civil rights work, not only through changing public policy, but also by advancing long-term culture change.”
According to the organization, “…under Rashad’s leadership, Color of Change has developed winning strategies to change the written and unwritten rules of many fields affecting Black people’s lives: forcing over 100 corporations to stop funding the secretive, right-wing policy shop ALEC; framing net neutrality as a major civil rights issue to win a free and open Internet; ending the network fun of shows inaccurately portraying and dehumanizing Black people, such as COPS and the Glenn Beck show; eliminating voter intimidation tactics from the right-wing playbook; and holding local authorities accountable for their abuses by winning justice for Black people hurt or killed by anti-Black violence. Rashad is committed to advancing the power, freedom and wellbeing of Black workers, students, families, farmers, immigrants and others, wherever their freedom is limited or threatened.”
Robinson has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews, political discussions, and as an op-end author in media outlets including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, BET, NPR, “The Root,” “The New York Times,” the “Los Angeles Times” and “The Huffington Post.” He was selected as one of “EBONY” magazine’s Power 100 honorees for 2015, and for the past six years. “The Root” has named Robinson to The Root 100 list of influential African Americans under 45. In 2015, Fast Company named Color of Change the 6th Most Innovative Company in the world; in 2016, the Stanford Social Innovation Review profiled Color Of Change’s strategies for “pursuing the fight for racial justice at Internet speed” in both online and offline venues.
Robinson is the proud recipient of awards from several organizations, including ADCOLOR and Center for Community Change, and serves on the boards of Demos and the Hazen Foundation. He is adjunct faculty at the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011
Rashad Robinson Color of Change was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, 
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- Rashad Robinson, Color of Change.
Meeting on Community Organizing
A "Meeting on Community Organizing, Civic Participation & Racial Justice" - organized by the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity December 2011, Washington, DC.
- Jackie Byers, Black Organizing Project, Center for Third World Organizing
- Rick Cohen, PRE Consultant
- Kennia Coronado, Voces de la Frontera Student Leader
- Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
- Ponsella Hardaway, MOSES
- Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Community Coalition
- Judy Hatcher, PRE Consultant
- Richard Healey, Grassroots Policy Project
- Derrick Johnson, One Voice and Mississippi NAACP
- Jon Liss, New Virginia Majority
- Pam McMichael, Highlander Research and Education Center
- Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Voces de la Frontera
- Denise Perry, BOLD: Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, Center for Third World Organizing
- Maggie Potapchuk, PRE Consultant
- John A. Powell, Kirwan Institute (*at time of meeting, now Haas Diversity Research Center at the Univ. of California, Berkeley)
- Rashad Robinson, Colorofchange.org
- Saket Soni, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and National Guestworker Alliance
- Ada Williams Prince, OneAmerica
- Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
- Bob Wing, PushBack Network (via phone)
Funder Briefing on Policing Reform
January 2016, Communities United for Police Reform held a Funder Briefing on Policing Reform – Building on NYC Successes for a National Reform Movement, New York .
- Communities United for Policing Reform (CPR) has played a critical role in leading a campaign to pass landmark police accountability legislation in New York City and partnering with families of New Yorkers killed by police to secure executive action by Governor Cuomo to establish a special prosecutor for police killings throughout New York State.
- Monifa Bandele, Member, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Communities United for Police Reform steering committee
- Jose Lopez, Lead Organizer, Make the Road New York and Communities United for Police Reform steering committee
- Loyda Colon, Co-Director, Justice Committee
- Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, ColorOfChange
- Joo-Hyun Kang, Director, Communities United for Police Reform
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- Lateefah Simon - Akonadi Foundation
- Melissa Harris-Perry - Anna Julia Cooper Center/Wake Forest University
- Anthony Thigpenn - California Calls
- Rashad Robinson - Color of Change
- Heather McGhee - Demos
- Tracy Sturdivant - Make it Work
- Tim Silard - Rosenberg Foundation
- Our Future website: Take Back the American Dream 2011 Speakers (accessed on Sept. 22, 2011)
- THE 99% Spring, Who are we/ accessed April 20, 2012
- Justice Alliance, who we are
- Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
- Jan 2016, Funders for Justice.orgWatch Now: Funder Briefing on Policing Reform – Building on NYC Successes for a National Reform Movement