Dr. Kimberly Howard Robinson named Executive Vice President of the Forum for Youth Investment and Managing Director of the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

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Contact: Kris Minor, Chief Operating Officer, The Forum for Youth Investment
Email: kris@forumfyi.org
Phone: 202-431-9230
 
 
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2018 -- The Forum for Youth Investment is delighted to announce that Dr. Kimberly Howard Robinson has been named executive vice president of the Forum and the new managing director of the Forum’s David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. In her new role, Dr. Robinson will serve on the executive team of the Forum and lead the 10-year old Weikart Center as it continues to offer field-leading products and services to a growing client base that is adapting, implementing, and scaling quality improvement systems.
 
Dr. Robinson comes to us from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest private philanthropic institutions in the country, where she focused on developing and implementing continuous improvement processes to support programmatic strategy and effectiveness. Prior to Kellogg, Dr. Robinson served as interim chief accountability officer and the director of research for Baltimore City Public Schools, where she led the district’s efforts to implement data-driven strategies to improve student literacy and graduation rates. Prior to that, she was the director of data and analytics for the New York City Department of Education, where she strengthened partnerships between researchers and the district. She holds a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in Developmental Psychology and has more than fifteen years of experience conducting applied research on schools, children and families.
 
“We're incredibly fortunate to have someone of Kim's caliber and commitment joining the Forum's leadership team at a time when the opportunities to translate the powerful new research on how and where children learn into policy and practice are multiplying rapidly,” said Karen Pittman, president & CEO of the Forum. “As a developmental psychologist with deep experience in applied research, evaluation and management, Kim is the perfect candidate to lead the Weikart Center into its second decade.” “I am delighted to join the Forum,” said Robinson. “My passion and expertise pair well with the Forum’s commitment to leveraging research evidence in support of children and young people toward achieving their potential in the most effective ways possible. I look forward to the opportunities ahead of us to strengthen leaders and organizations that serve young people.”
 
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About the Forum for Youth Investment
 
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Forum for Youth Investment is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan “action tank” committed to changing the odds that all children and youth are ready for college, work and life. It provides ideas, services and professional networks that leaders need in order to make more intentional decisions that are good for young people. The Forum helps leaders increase their capacity to more effectively make the case for and manage the collaborative efforts that are needed to change the odds for youth; improve the alignment and appropriateness of child and youth policy agendas and investments; and strengthen programs’ and practitioners’ capacity to create environments in which youth thrive, across all the systems and settings where young people spend time. The Forum is headquartered in Washington, DC.
 
About the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
 
In 2008, the Forum created the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality to build the capacity of public and private agencies to implement quality improvement and performance systems that simultaneously foster professional learning and wholechild development with the purpose of improving social-sector outcomes. The Weikart Center’s research-based core products and services are currently used in over 4,700 out-of-school time settings nationally and form the basis for quality improvement systems in over 135 publicly and privately funded systems. The Weikart Center empowers education and human service leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research-validated, quality-improvement systems to advance child and youth development. The Forum’s Weikart Center is based in Ypsilanti, MI.
Publishing Date: 
August 2, 2018