As the WE Membership Chair, Robin wants to introduce herself to you, and, she hopes that you will do the same. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in the area of Public and Community Health, her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and her Bachelor’s degree in English/Education from Vassar College. For the past seven years, she has worked with NMAC, formerly known as the National Minority AIDS Council. It is an organization that sponsors the United States Conference on AIDS, the largest U.S. gathering of HIV health officials from federal, state, and local governments; researchers; scientists; practitioners; and consumers. She serves as NMAC’s internal evaluator where 70% of her time is with the Capacity Building Division. This division is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build the capacity of the CDC's directly and indirectly funded community based organizations so that these organizations can remain sustainable to carry out HIV prevention initiatives. The other part of her time is spent working across the various divisions of NMAC, such as the Treatment Division, the Leadership Pipeline and the Conference Division. With the onset of biomedical HIV prevention initiatives, Robin's work in assessing needs, collaborating on evaluation topics and developing evaluation plans, tools and writing reports has expanded to accommodate not only other divisional staff but also their different funders and priorities which, she says, "makes the work interesting." In addition, she oversees and seeks out evaluation consultants; she supervises the evaluation specialist and recruits and mentors George Washington University 's Milken Graduate School of Public Health practicum students in the areas of evaluation, which she says, "makes the work enjoyable."
She joined WE in 2011 to become more connected with local evaluators and to continue to learn more about the field. She says, "There are a lot of great, experienced members who do incredible evaluation work in various sectors, such as the private sector; academia; and federal, state and local governments. I find it an enriching opportunity to be among such evaluation pillars!"
She attributes a lot of what she has learned about serving as the WE Membership Committee Chair to her predecessor in this position, former Membership Chair, Bernadette Wright. She also says that, WE's members are extra special. In her words, "I find that WE's members are treasure troves of knowledge about all types of evaluation. I continue to grow from interactions with them, and as my job at NMAC seeks evaluation consultants for new evaluation projects, I am pleased to reach out to the WE members to engage their talents." As a good Membership Committee Chair, she says in closing:
"I encourage all to get involved with WE and to tell others the many good things about WE. Bring a friend to the next WE event. They will love you for it! Also, write up your Membership Spotlight information. It helps every other member to get to know you better. "