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Blythe Keeler Robinson is an innovative leader with 20 years of non-profit management experience and expertise in educational programming, early childhood education, program design and implementation, grant writing and contract review and negotiation.
Robinson is the President and CEO of Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers in Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1888, Sheltering Arms is one of Georgia’s largest nonprofit organizations and one of its most respected. Sheltering Arms serves nearly 2,500 children daily, ages six weeks to five years old, and their families in 16 early care and education centers across metro Atlanta. As a recognized leader in early education, Sheltering Arms is a National Head Start Center of Excellence, as well as a member of the Educare network. Under Robinson’s leadership, Sheltering Arms has increased its national impact and visibility as a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family Economic Success – Early Childhood Initiative Action Learning Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute.
Prior to joining Sheltering Arms, Robinson served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami‐Dade/Monroe, Florida. She was responsible for the management and implementation of early care and education programs providing services to more than 50,000 children and their families annually. In her role as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Initiatives at Reading Is Fundamental, she directed programs and strategic initiatives across the country and designed and oversaw the implementation of the Multicultural Literacy Campaign, a national effort to promote and support early childhood literacy in targeted communities.
As a dedicated servant leader, Robinson believes in giving back to the community. She volunteers with local organizations focused on children and the homeless population, and mentors girls and women. Robinson serves on the Board of Directors of the National Black Child Development Institute, the board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum-Georgia Chapter, the Atlanta Speech School Advisory Board and the Healthy Beginnings System of Care for Young Children Advisory Board. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
In addition to receiving a Women Extraordinaire Award from Business Leader Magazine, Robinson was recognized as one of South Florida’s “40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” and “50 Most Powerful Black Professionals.” She has also been named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of “Atlanta’s 40 Under 40 Leaders” and is a member of the Leadership of Atlanta Class of 2015.
Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics with a certificate in African American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a juris doctorate from The Georgetown University Law Center.