Adele Robinson

Adele Robinson
Clinical Professor; Karabelle Pizzigati Endowed Professorship in Advocacy for Children, Youth and Families
2202K Van Munching Hall
301-405-9702

Adele Robinson is a nationally recognized leader in comprehensive education policy from early childhood through higher education. For more than twenty-five years, she has advocated at the federal and state levels to reduce family poverty and promote educational opportunity for low-income children.

Robinson’s experience includes work in the U.S. Senate, national organizations, and most recently, as an expert consultant for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was a key advocate on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Head Start Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge grant. She also authored the bipartisan Continuum of Learning Act to promote developmentally appropriate teaching and learning for children from birth through age eight. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she served as a temporary expert consultant in the drafting of the 2016 regulations for the Child Care and Development Fund and authored the agency’s Policy Statement on Early Childhood Career Pathways.

Robinson has written articles for a range of publications such as The National Journal and the Stanford Law & Policy Review, policy briefs, and a book on advocacy used in college classes. Robinson has presented at national, state, and local conferences and testified before state legislative committees and boards. In addition, she has educated researchers and practitioners to use evidence and best practices to influence public policies. Prior to her to Washington, DC she practiced law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Robinson has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and her law degree from Boston University School of Law.