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Retha Robinson

Retha Robinson

Retha Robinson

Director, Koshland Program
Why do you do what you do? What drew you to the foundation?

For the past three decades, I have been working with grassroot leaders, primarily in community building efforts throughout the foundation’s five-county service area. Before working with the Koshland Program, I felt a strong affinity to the central values of the program and watched it take shape at the foundation. I was drawn to working with community leaders and their direct engagement within the neighborhoods.

How would you describe your role?

I understand my role as director only goes as deep as my roots in the community. I was born and raised in San Francisco and am motivated by my memories of growing up on a block where neighbors looked out for one another. I want to reinvigorate that sense of community in the Koshland program’s neighborhoods. It is my responsibility to ensure that the leaders I work with have access to opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Are you involved in any volunteer work?

I am a board member of the Northern California Grantmakers, a member of Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Neighborhood Funders Group, and an advisory board member of the Bay Area Women and Children’s Resource Center.

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