John M. Robinson was sworn in on Monday, March 3, 2008, as Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Chief Diversity Officer. Robinson serves as the primary advisor to the Secretary of State and the Department’s senior leadership on equal opportunity, diversity, affirmative employment, and related issues. Robinson is coming to State from the staff of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
Prior to joining ODNI, he served as Chief of EEO and Diversity for the Internal Revenue Service. He was Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) from 1999 to 2001. His federal service began in 1994 as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Prior to federal service, he served in the Rhode Island Governor's Cabinet as director of the Rhode Island Department of Employment and Training from 1991 to 1993. He was a senior dean at Brown University before joining state government and held various administrative positions in higher education from 1973 to 1990. A Vietnam-era veteran, he served as a naval officer aboard a destroyer and an ammunition ship, and earned the Navy Commendation Medal. A graduate of Brown University, he holds a master's degree from Tuskegee University; is a Senior Intelligence Fellow; completed programs at the Center for Creative Leadership - Greensboro, the Federal Executive Institute - Charlottesville, and the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University. In 2007, Robinson received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Center for Creative Leadership.