Robin Fender

Development Associate

Robin is a Development Associate at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. She brings many years of experience in development, fundraising and communications. Working primarily in nonprofits, her work has focused on advancing education and equity for women and girls, housing for the homeless, financial education for low to middle-income families, and promotion of the arts.

Robin earned her B.A. in Economics and History from the University of the West Indies in her native Jamaica. She then went on to work in radio, first as a News Editor and then as Producer of the Caribbean’s number one current affairs program. She later designed and produced an online newsroom for the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), an international think tank.

Robin moved to Washington D.C. after being offered a position at the Embassy of Jamaica. As assistant information attaché, she coordinated all official events for the embassy including briefing sessions with educational institutions and think tanks, press conferences, book launches, art exhibitions and receptions.

Her interest in film led her to pursue a M.A. in Film and Video at the American University in Washington D.C. After completing her studies Robin moved to Los Angeles to gain experience in the film industry and pursue a career in writing. While in Los Angeles, Robin worked at Wind Dancer Productions and Winchester Films. She also worked as a production assistant on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Robin returned to Washington D.C. where she was able to use her film experience to highlight social justice issues. She has written and produced documentaries for nonprofits covering topics such as domestic violence in the South Asian community and inmates at the D.C. jail.

Robin loves the outdoors and the indoors. She enjoys long walks, is a gym enthusiast who loves interval training, tennis and takes dance classes twice a week. Robin is also an avid reader and practices yoga.

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