Meet Director Sharon Robinson

Sharon Robinson has accrued over 20 years of senior 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 2004.

In her role as the City’s chief administrative officer, Ms. Robinson provides strategic direction and leadership to the Budget and Management Division, Community Development Grants Administration Division and offices of Equity and Inclusion and African American Affairs. Other divisions and offices housed within the Department of Administration include: Purchasing, Intergovernmental Relations, Information Technology Management and the Environmental Collaboration Office.

Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Ms. Robinson was the Director of the Washington, D.C. office of the William Davidson Institute, an international nonprofit headquartered at the University of Michigan and devoted to promoting economic growth in emerging market economies. Ms. Robinson managed the startup of the 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 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.

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