Rashad Robinson

RASHAD ROBINSON @rashadrobinson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COLOR OF CHANGE

Rashad Robinson is the Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a force driven by over one million members, Color Of Change moves decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. 

Rashad leads the Color Of Change team in developing strategies powerful enough to change the rules that affect Black people’s lives. Color Of Change campaigns have won justice for Black people hurt or killed by anti-Black violence, putting local authorities on notice for their abuses. They have prevented attempts to suppress the Black vote, and eliminated certain voter intimidation tactics from the conservative playbook. Long-term strategic initiatives targeting corporate industries have, for example, forced news and entertainment outlets to represent Black people accurately and fairly, and acknowledge their role in creating dangerously widespread implicit bias. Under Rashad’s leadership, Color Of Change continues to seize opportunities for advancing the power, freedom and wellbeing of Black workers, students, families, farmers, immigrants and others, wherever their freedom is limited or threatened.

Since joining Color Of Change in 2011, Rashad has greatly expanded the scope, voice and impact of the organization. He opened three new offices (in New York, Hollywood and Washington, D.C.). He grew the membership of Black people and allies across the country invested in moving society forward, and vastly increased the number and type of opportunities for members to participate in making real change.

 

Rashad led Color Of Change in a national campaign against the secretive, right-wing policy shop, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). After exposing ALEC's involvement in passing discriminatory voter ID laws—and deadly Stand Your Ground laws—Color Of Change pushed over 100 corporations to end their financial support of ALEC. Rashad similarly emerged as a game-changing new voice in the national fight over net neutrality, convincingly reframing the technology issue as a major civil rights issue, and leveraging the moral authority of Black communities across the country to win a free and open Internet for all.

Rashad has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews, political discussions and as an op-ed author in media outlets including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, BET, NPR, The Root, The New York Times, the LA Times and Huffington Post. He was recently selected as one of EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 honorees for 2015, and for the past six years, The Root has named Rashad to “The Root 100” list of influential African Americans under 45. In 2015,Fast Company named Color Of Change the 6th Most Innovative Company in the world, and in 2016, the Stanford Social Innovation Review profiled Color Of Change for its strategies in “pursuing the fight for racial justice at Internet speed” in both online and offline venues.

Rashad is a the proud recipient of awards from many notable organizations, including ADCOLOR, Center for Community Change, Demos, Americans for Democratic Action,and an honorary degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Prior to his work at Color Of Change, Rashad served as Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD, where he led the organization’s programmatic and advocacy work to transform the representation of LGBT people in news and entertainment media. Before GLAAD, Rashad worked on racial justice and voting rights at the Right to Vote Campaign and FairVote.

Rashad currently serves on the boards of Demos and the Hazen Foundation. He lives in New York City.

 

Sandra Bland’s prophetic words capture perfectly what we believe at Color Of Change. It’s why we do what we do. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue.)

Our Team

Color Of Change is powered by our membership, and an ever-expanding, multiracial team—in New York, Oakland, Hollywood and Washington, D.C.—with experience in strategy, organizing, media, technology and organizational growth.

Arisha Hatch

Managing Director of Campaigns

Alicia Meeks

Director of the Executive Office

Sheena Brown

Development Director

Sonia Peña

Director of Finance and Operations

Ismael Savadogo

Chief Financial Officer

Hope Wood

Deputy Director of Campaigns

Kwesi Chappin

Organizing Director

Brandi Collins

Campaign Director
Media and Economic Justice

Johnny Mathias

Campaign Director
OrganizeFor and Movement Building

Scott Roberts

Senior Campaign Director
Criminal Justice

Brian Walker

Culture and Entertainment Advocacy Director

Samantha Antrum

Media and Advocacy Coordinator

Thomas Beauford

Campaign Manager
OrganizeFor and Movement Building

Anay Bickham

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Malaya Davis

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Jennifer Edwards

Program Director

Evan Feeney

Campaign Manager
Media and Economic Justice

Malika Giddens

Member Engagement Associate

Phoebe Hinton

Institutional Partnerships Manager

Enchanta Jackson

Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Michele St. Julien

Strategic Content Manager

Sonya Lewis

Executive Assistant
Oakland

Jade Magnus

Campaign Manager
Media and Economic Justice

Katrese Massey

Executive Assistant
DC

Clarise McCants

Senior Campaign Manager
Criminal Justice

Kristen Miller

Campaign Manager
OrganizeFor and Movement Building

Yeshimabeit Milner

Campaign Manager
OrganizeFor and Movement Building

Anika Collier Navaroli

Senior Campaign Manager
Media and Economic Justice

Corina Petty

Executive Assistant
Oakland

Samantha Phillips

Operations Manager

Anthony Rivera

Senior Administrative Coordinator
Executive Office

Chad Stanton

Campaign Manager
OrganizeFor and Movement Building

Shannon Talbert

Senior Organizing Manager
OrganizeFor and Movement Building