Sharon Robinson has accrued over 20 years of executive level management experience in the government and non-profit arena.
Ms. Robinson currently serves as Director of the Department of Administration for the City of Milwaukee. She was appointed by Mayor Tom Barrett in June 2004 and confirmed by the Common Council in July 2004.
Ms. Robinson manages a workforce of over 100 employees and is responsible for overseeing many of the centralized functions of city government. The divisions that comprise the Department of Administration include: Budget and Management; Community Development Grants Administration; Intergovernmental Relations; Purchasing and Procurement; Information Technology Management; and the offices of Environmental Sustainability and Small Business Development.
Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Ms. Robinson was the Director of the Washington office of the William Davidson Institute (WDI), an international nonprofit devoted to promoting economic growth in emerging market economies. Ms. Robinson managed the startup of the WDI’s Washington, D.C. office and worked closely with the Institute’s first Distinguished Scholar, former U. S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, to raise the Institute’s visibility and standing nationally and globally.
Ms. Robinson’s professional experience includes 20 years of service on Capitol Hill. Her career started in the early 1980s in the U.S. House of Representatives where she climbed the career ladder to become former U. S. Congressman Tom Barrett’s Chief of Staff.
Ms. Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Communications Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University in 1983.