Robin Templeton

M.Ed, Development Director

Pronouns (She/Her)

Robin Templeton is a writer, strategist, researcher, policy expert, sociologist, and single mother who has been directly impacted by—and spent most of her life organizing to end—mass incarceration. She has served in staff and leadership positions in Bay Area organizations including The Beat Within, the Ella Baker Center and Critical Resistance, which she helped co-found alongside Angela Y. Davis. A published author and editor, Robin has worked as a consult for entities including Akonadi Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement, Black Organizing Project, and Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children among other movement organizations. She was the founding Executive Director of Right to Vote, a national campaign to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated and convicted people. She also served as the Executive Director of the Petra Foundation. 

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is the founding chair of the board of directors of Voice of the Experienced, a Louisiana statewide and membership-based organization led by formerly incarcerated people. She also serves on the board of the Youth Justice Funding Collaborative. Robin earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from American University. Robin is a professor of Public Policy at Hunter College and a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center which awarded her a Chancellor’s Fellowship to complete her doctorate in sociology. Robin strives to live by James Baldwin’s mandate: “Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise.”