I have witnessed her excellent management skills, ability to inspire and lead a team, and to synthesize the “big picture” for diverse industries and consumer categories. Working with her is professionally stimulating and creatively rewarding.
When I think of Robin, the words savvy, professional and highly polished come to mind. When we worked together making sure Microsoft employees got the training they needed, everything Robin touched was better because of her influence. Her insight, vision, commitment to customers were brought to bear in delightful and engaging ways.
— JANE GREGG, Leadership Development, Seattle Children's Hospital
Some interesting client challenges brought us together as we tackled some custom consulting projects. Robin’s depth of knowledge made the content creation portion a breeze and her professional approach and years of experience meant the client interaction would be a success. In addition whenever we ran into a question Robin was able to tap into a vast network of contacts who surely had the answer. A set of skills that made for an effective and smooth collaboration.
— MARY MEEHAN, CEO, Metametrix + Panoramix



Throughout her career in the media and high-tech industries, including eight years as a Group Design Manager at Microsoft, she has managed high-profile projects and award-winning teams.

As an Assistant Professor of Design at Cornish, she managed several academic/corporate projects including two collaborations with Amazon and a special grant from the Microsoft HoloLens team. The Microsoft HoloLens Strategy Team sought to leverage the creative, problem-solving disposition of creative artists to explore the artistic possibilities of mixed reality. The project culminated in a mixed reality gallery showing in the Spring 2016 on the Cornish campus showcasing unique mixed reality experiences through design, dance, and theatrical performance.

During her tenure at Microsoft, Robin created and produced V-Style, one of the first online style webzines, helped launch MSNBC, managed internal training resources for the product groups, and was a Group Manager for Design and User Research for Windows and SQL Server. Her years at Microsoft enabled her to catch the wave of a new era in design; one that would profoundly change the course of the design profession as new technologies changed methods of communication, content, and interaction design.

After Microsoft, she transitioned to consumer research managing a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients as a Senior Director and Lead Consumer Strategist at Iconoculture, and as a Senior Ethnographer at The Hartman Group, where she engaged in primary consumer qualitative research.

In 2015, she became an Assistant Professor of Design at The Cornish College of the Art where her academic research focuses on visual communication, social photography, and the intersection of technical tools and creativity.

Robin is a frequent speaker at industry conferences as well as serving on national and local boards and commissions; including the Knight Curriculum Advisory Committee at the Indiana University School of Journalism, where she received her BA in journalism. She holds a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington. Robin was also the recipient of a post-graduate Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.