DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Cynthia Robertson as the next Robertson Foundation Executive Director.
The Robertson Foundation for Government is committed to equipping our federal government with the best and brightest students in the country. In 1961, during the height of the Cold War, Charles and Marie Robertson took to heart President John F. Kennedy’s call to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” They donated 700,000 shares of A&P stock, valued at $35 million, to create a foundation to “strengthen the Government of the United States and increase its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the facilities for the training and education of men and women for government service.” Today, the Foundation identifies, educates, and motivates top U.S. graduate students and helps them pursue federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.
Partnering with multiple federal agencies for student professional development, networking events, and job and internship assistance, the Robertson Foundation Executive Director would have to manage an intricate web of connections across the nation’s capital. More importantly, they would have to have intimate knowledge of the intricacies of the federal hiring process and act as a key bridge between students and the federal government.
Such a role is no small responsibility, and it was clear to DRi and the Robertson Foundation that Cynthia was up to the challenge. For over 12 years, Cynthia headed the Science and Technology Policy Fellowships program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where she took a lead role in placing top-talent individuals within the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government, including the Department of Defense, State, and USAID. She interacted heavily with federal agencies during fellows’ onboarding process, and led initiatives for fellows’ professional development. Additionally, she was familiar with the operation of family foundations through her service as the Board Chair for the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation. Cynthia’s knowledge of federal recruitment and students’ needs made her the ideal choice for Robertson’s next Executive Director. Cynthia received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her Master’s from Tufts University.
It was a pleasure to work with Robertson and Cynthia and we wish them both success.