Rashad RobinsonAn experienced organizer, advocate and communicator, Rashad has mobilized people to engage and reform their educational and political institutions.
Rashad currently serves as Senior Director of Media Programs for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), where he was previously Director of Regional Media. In his new role Rashad works directly with other senior staff at GLAAD and oversees a number of programs, including Entertainment Media, Media Field Strategy, National News, People of Color Media Strategy and the newly created Young Adult and Faith programs.
Before joining GLAAD, Rashad served as Communications Director for the Right to Vote Campaign, a national collaboration of eight major civil rights organizations dedicated to ending felony disfranchisement. In that role, he supervised media outreach, wrote opinion pieces, developed strategy, built coalitions, trained spokespeople and created messages. Rashad also served as National Field Director with FairVote. In that role he testified in front of Charter Review commissions, appeared on radio and television programs, organized "Train the Trainer" regional workshops and events, spoke at national and regional conferences, developed strategies for organizers and advocates and built coalitions.
In his career Rashad has been a featured spokesperson on an array of issues in print, radio and television. His opinion pieces and articles have appeared on numerous Internet media sites as well as print publications such as The Los Angeles Times and Crisis Magazine. In 2004 Rashad appeared as the youngest contestant for ten weeks on Showtime's Political Reality series American Candidate.
A graduate of Marymount University in Arlington, VA, Rashad was a Politics major with a minor in History and Communications. He served as President of Marymount's student body for two years running, using that position to build strong multi-racial coalitions that shaped University policy.
He is also a graduate of the acclaimed Spin Project Media academy in Petaluma, CA. He currently sits on the board of directors for FairVote and the Democracy Action Project.