Robin comes to CRL after serving as Visiting Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC, where she also earned her PhD with a concentration in Economic Development/Urban Redevelopment. Since 2003, she has taught graduate and undergraduate Economic and Community Development courses with a particular emphasis on finance. Her research experience has focused on urban real estate markets, market analysis, fiscal impact of development, and community development/ engagement including collaborations with the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and the Center for Community Capital.
Her background also includes experience serving as a grant reviewer for U.S. Treasury's CDFI Fund and facilitating workshops for state and local officials in development finance. She began her career in banking on the West Coast in a corporate lending role (financial institutions) and eventually commercial real estate finance and debt syndication. In her spare time Robin enjoys volunteering at SCORE, Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations. Her hobbies include tennis, cycling, gardening and the occasional craft project. Robin earned a BA and MA from Stanford University.