Joshua Robinson, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is a two-time graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and a Master of Public Administration. He has extensive knowledge in centering Racial Equity in municipal government services, and experience in addressing issues that affect communities most harmed by systemic and structural racism. During his tenure with the City of Austin, he lead the LGBTQIA+ Quality of Life Study, which evaluated the communities’ needs around health, education, employment, social services, housing, safety, and social connectedness. The study also focused on the intersections of race and sexuality, and the specific need to center Black & Brown folks within the LGBTQIA+ community. The study provided qualitative and quantitative data for the City of Austin to support pathways of resilience for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Joshua began his work in public service as a community organizer, which then led to a career in municipal government having worked for multiple cities in Kansas and Texas. As the Equity & Inclusion Program Coordinator for the City of Austin’s Equity Office he provided leadership, guidance, expertise, and insights to City Departments on Racial Equity. One of his most impactful tasks was leading the Parks & Recreation Dept. and Public Health Dept. through the Equity Assessment Tool, which resulted in equitable changes in their operations. In addition, heserved as the Interim Senior Executive Assistant to then Assistant City Manager Chris Shorter (now Baltimore City Administrator) in the City Manager’s Office where he provided high level executive support, and worked with City Council Policy Advisers to implement City Council Legislation, which included addressing Homelessness, Re-Imagining Public Safety, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joshua joins Living Cities to continue our work with community organizers throughout cities across the country.