Ms. British A. Robinson serves as the Coordinator for Prosper Africa, a Presidential-level, national security initiative to strengthen the strategic and economic partnership between the United States and African countries. In this role, she works with businesses, investors, and government leaders to forge a true 21st Century partnership that creates jobs, diversifies global supply chains, and tackles challenges like climate change and energy transition.
At the helm of Prosper Africa, Robinson collaborates closely with the White House National Security Council and the 17 participating U.S. federal agencies, including USAID, to advance the U.S. Government’s Strategy for sub-Saharan Africa, and implements our commitments from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022. She works with businesses, investors, and government leaders here in the United States and in Africa to build upon crucial partnerships with nations across the continent that are already confronting some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as the climate crisis, extreme poverty, and hunger.
Robinson is a visionary leader and social impact champion with decades of experience in public-private partnerships, corporate social responsibility, public health, education, and government relations. Most recently, she served as President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and she was the founding CEO of the Women’s Heart Alliance.
Robinson also brings years of government experience, as she was previously the Deputy Coordinator/Director of Private Sector Engagement for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at the Department of State, where she oversaw partnerships with businesses and investors to strengthen the world’s largest global health program devoted to addressing HIV/AIDS. During her tenure at the State Department, she also held a special assignment as Director and Special Advisor to the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, establishing and managing alliances and partnerships that advanced the rights of women and girls around the world.
Her extensive leadership experience also includes service as Senior Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives at Women for Women International and Vice President of Global Strategy and Programs at Susan G. Komen. Last year, Robinson was recognized for her distinguished career and decades of service as she was named to Forbes’ 50 Over 50 for Impact list – a list of entrepreneurs and changemakers who are helping to make the world a better, more equitable place.
Robinson holds a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in public policy and business administration from George Washington University, and has received an honorary doctorate from Fairfield University. She serves as a Senior Advisor for Concordia; as a member of the XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance Brain Trust; on the boards of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, and Leadership Roundtable; on the advisory council of the Inter-American Foundation; and on the advisory boards of Arlington Partners International and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.