Rich Robinson

Media Relations Director

Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson brings more than 20 years of agency, campaign and DC advocacy success to FairVote. His work in Washington includes managing communications for Public Citizen and its work with the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, as well as Advancement Project’s Voter Protection Program during the 2012 presidential election. Before joining FairVote, Robinson served as the communications director at the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation and its citizen engagement campaign “Voice Of the People.”

Preceding his arrival in DC, Robinson was the communications director of the Western Washtenaw Democrats, an active grassroots organization based outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2008 he was named communications director for the campaign to re-elect Michigan State Representative Pam Byrnes, where he crafted a media strategy that helped Byrnes defeat her challenger, 63 to 43 percent.

Prior to that, Robinson had a successful career in Hollywood as a publicist, journalist and Emmy-winning television producer. His TV work encompassed 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."

Robinson has worked with many of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry, including Quincy Jones on “A Call for Reunion,” the celebration of President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, as well as with the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Harry Connick, Jr., Clint Black and jazz legend Milt Jackson. He studied journalism at Central Michigan University.

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