Staff Spotlight: Anthony Robinson

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Here at National Democratic Training Committee, we are lucky to have incredible staff who work tirelessly to help Democrats run for office all over the country.

Earlier this month we were lucky enough to have Anthony Robinson (aka “Rob”), our new Political Director, begin working with us. Rob has been a fantastic addition to our team, and we think others would agree!

Take a look at our conversation with Rob below!

Tell us about yourself! What has your professional life looked like? How did you get your start in politics?

My professional trajectory has been very unconventional. I have gone from being a high school biology teacher and basketball official to being a radio DJ and national security practitioner in the Obama administration. I believe my start in politics started early in life as the son of parents that were active in the civil rights movements of the 1960s. It was natural for me to go from being involved in student government to working veterans outreach for campaigns. my political engagement has always been about working for and standing up for the people.

What is your position at NDTC?

Political Director

What do you hope to accomplish at NDTC?

First, do no harm. Next, I hope to build on the dynamic work NDTC has already done, then build on that to make the organization an unequivocal go-to to train and influence a new generation of leaders.

How do you practice self-care? 

I take myself on a date once a month

If you could tell all potential candidates ONE thing, what would it be? 

Great question! First, I would say think before you speak and be able to back up what you believe. Next, I would say, views and stances might change, but never waver in your commitment to the people you serve. 

Coffee or tea?


Favorite tv show?

Dave Chappelle Show

Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?


What are you currently reading?

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing?

Learning German while working on transatlantic security cooperation policy

What is the theme song for your life?

Some Day We’ll All Be Free – Donnie Hathaway 

Biggest pet peeve?

Using the term conversate instead of the actual word converse

Lily was raised in Medfield, Massachusetts, a small town outside of Boston. She currently lives in Chicago while she attends college at the University of Chicago studying Political Science and Religious Studies with a concentration in American Politics. She is a member of the Communications team at NDTC.