Rich Robinson brings more than 20 years of agency, campaign and advocacy success to Ward Circle Strategies. His work in Washington includes managing communications for Public Citizen and its regulatory protection efforts with the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, and at Advancement Project, managing messaging, media outreach and rapid response communications for its Voter Protection program during the 2012 presidential cycle.
Before joining WCS, Rich led the press shop at FairVote as media relations director, attaining considerable coverage for the organization, as well as unprecedented editorial support for electoral reform. Prior to that, he was communications director at the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation, where he helped launch its “Voice of the People” citizen engagement campaign.
Preceding his arrival in DC, Rich was communications director of the Western Washtenaw Democrats, an active grassroots organization based outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2008 he was named communications director for the campaign to re-elect Michigan State Representative Pam Byrnes, where he crafted a media strategy that helped Byrnes defeat her challenger by 30 points.
Previous to his work in politics, Rich had a successful career in Hollywood as a publicist, journalist and Emmy-winning television producer. His TV work encompassed more than 1,200 celebrity and political guest segments for several series and specials, including Comedy Central’s quirky talk show, “Turn Ben Stein On.”
Rich has worked with many of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry, including Quincy Jones on “A Call for Reunion,” the celebration of President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration. Other notables he’s worked with include the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Harry Connick, Jr., country music star Clint Black and jazz legend Milt Jackson. He studied journalism at Central Michigan University.
- FairVote, media relations director
- University of Maryland Program for Public Consultation, communications director
- Advancement Project, communications manager
- Public Citizen, press officer
- 20th Century Fox & Comedy Central, talent producer
- Virgin Records America, label publicist
3 Fun Facts:
- Attended the dedication ceremony for the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, and chatted with President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter after the event.
- Was interviewed by CNN, BBC radio and Reuters on election night 2012, after Barack Obama’s re-election was called.
- Danced with Kate Pierson and the B-52s to songs on a pre-release version of “Cosmic Thing” at a 1988 party at their producer’s house in the Hollywood Hills.