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Robin Kramer

MEMBER SINCE: 2020

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History of Employment

Position
Division
Organization
Start
End
Managing Director
The Smidt Foundation
2017
to present
Chief of Staff
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
City of Los Angeles
2015
2019
Executive Director
Harbor Freight Tools for Schoools
2015
2016
Management / Organization Consultant
self employed
2011
2015
Senior Advisor
Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
2010
2014
Senior Director
Broad Foundation
2004
2005
Consultant
Robin Kramer & Associates
1998
2003
Senior Fellow
California Community Foundation
1998
2003
Interim President
LAAMP/LEARN Regional School Reform Alliance
1999
2000
Chief of Staff
Mayor Richard Riordan
City of Los Angeles
1995
1998
Depuy Mayor, Communications & Community
Mayor Richard Riordan
City of Los Angeles
1993
1995
Senior Vice President
Marathon Communications
1991
1993
Chief Deputy
Councilman Richard Alatorre
City of Los Angeles
1985
1990
Executive Director
Coro Foundation
1981
1985
Chief Deputy
Councilman Bob Ronka
City of Los Angeles
1978
1981
Executive Director
Southern CA Democratic Party
1976
1978
State Volunteer Director
Brown for Governor
1978
1978
Instructor in Governmnet
Harvard School
1977
1978
Primary Policy Areas

Civil Rights and Liberties, Education, Government Operations/Innovation, Infrastructure, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Poverty, Urban Affairs

Primary Sector of Expertise

Non-profit

Primary Functions

Board Governance, Communications and Marketing, Organizational Structure/Design/Development, Other, Strategic Planning

Management Matters Podcast

Grand Challenge: Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work

How Philanthropies Connect Individuals to Meaningful Work with Robin Kramer

Season: 1 Episode:41 | February 15, 2021

Show Notes:

In this episode, we welcome Robin Kramer, Managing Director at the Smidt Foundation and Academy Fellow, to discuss her experiences as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, the role of philanthropy in making government work, and moving beyond connecting people to a job to connecting them with meaningful work.

Topics Include:

  • Robin's role as chief of staff to two Mayors of the City of Los Angeles
  • Promoting innovation and invention through public policy programs
  • The role of philanthropy in making government work; the challenges and opportunities
  • The specific challenges associated with getting people back to work
  • Progressing from connecting individuals to jobs to connecting individuals to meaningful work
  • The process of the Tools for Schools program
  • Recommended policies for the future.

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