2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree

BTMM ‘97

Senior Communications Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deborah Veney Robinson is a senior communications officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She manages the foundation’s external communications for a portfolio of investments that include work in the domestic education and advocacy areas. She joined the foundation in 2011.


Before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Robinson served as the vice president of communications for two national nonprofit organizations, the Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Communities In Schools, where she was responsible to developing and executing strategic communications plans and for providing management and oversight for the media relations, advertising, publications, executive communications and marketing functions.


Prior to entering the nonprofit arena, Robinson worked with an impressive array of Fortune 500 corporations, including United Healthcare, DuPont and CIGNA Corp. Her experiences include media relations, crisis communications, speech writing, community relations, internal communications, corporate publications and investor relations.


Robinson was the founding board chair of the Philadelphia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She has also served on the board of directors of Choice (a women’s health organization in Philadelphia), and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Drexel-Hahnemann School of Public Health.