Jacque Robinson is the Vice Mayor of the City of Pasadena, California. Robinson was elected to serve a four-year term in May 2007 and became one the youngest elected officials in the history of the City of Pasadena at age 28.
Born and raised in Pasadena, Robinson is a product of the district she now represents. She has devoted her first term in office to issues of youth and young adult development, public safety, and economic development for the benefit of residents in her district. Robinson is most proud of her collaborative work spearheading the Pasadena-Altadena 20/20 Initiative, a grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations working to stop gang and community violence by focusing on the highest risk, highest need, gang-impacted youth, young adults and their families. Robinson also helped to secure funding for and saw through the completion of the first Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan and has worked to provide yearly emergency preparedness training for her constituents.
Raised by parents who work as a cement mason and postal clerk, Robinson has spent the majority of her professional life fighting for working families as a labor community organizer. She has worked on community, issues-based and electoral campaigns with the California Teachers Association, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union, California Federation of Teachers, and the Los Angeles Urban League. She is a contributing member of the Public Safety, Legislative Policy, and Economic Development & Technology City Council Committees and serves as city representative to the Foothill Workforce Investment Policy Board and the Gamble House. In 2009, Robinson was selected by her Council colleagues to serve as Chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Youth, Families & Neighborhoods and sits on the Transportation, Communications & Public Works Policy Committee of the California League of Cities.
Robinson is a 2006 graduate of Former Senator Barack Obama’s Hopefund – Yes We Can Training Program and a 2005 graduate of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute. Robinson maintains her commitment to public service and social justice as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter and the Pasadena Branch of the NAACP. A proud public school graduate, Robinson is an alumna of John Muir High School (1996) and earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (2000).
Robinson credits the Pasadena Chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus for sparking her interest in running for public office and the Los Angeles African American Public Policy Institute for preparing her path. She does her best to approach life by the reference, “Don’t talk about it. Be about it” and is honored to serve the community that raised her to be the leader she is today.