Understanding and Improving K-12 Engineering Education in the United States

Robin Willner Biography

Robin Willner is vice president, Global Community Initiatives, for IBM, which she joined in 1994 to design and implement Reinventing Education, a $90 million philanthropic initiative that promotes K–12 school reform through grant partnerships with school districts and states to develop new applications of technology to overcome common barriers to school improvement and raise the level of student achievement. She also oversees a range of philanthropic and volunteer programs and was project manager for the 2001, 1999, and 1996 National Education Summits, which were co-hosted by IBM. She was instrumental in the initial planning and start-up of Achieve Inc., a national education organization for standards-based reform. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Willner was executive director for strategic planning/research and development for the New York City Public Schools. She is a member of the boards of directors of the National Center for Educational Accountability, Grantmakers for Education, and Center for Education Policy in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the U.S. Department of Education Expert Panel on Educational Technology from 1999 to 2000. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in urban affairs.