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Robin A. Walton

Robin A. WaltonVice President for Community and Government Affairs

Robin A. Walton is the vice president for Community and Government Affairs at Thomas Edison State University. In this capacity, she manages the University's relationships with federal, state and local governments, regulatory agencies, key policymakers and community stakeholders.

Walton develops the University's annual legislative agenda and works with key personnel to ensure that its legislative priorities receive attention on the federal and state level. She represents the institution in dealings with community stakeholders in the region and works to ensure that its local projects and priorities complement the priorities of local government. Furthermore, the division, under her direction, enhances the University's image and reputation through effective community outreach.

Prior to joining the University, Walton was the community relations coordinator at Capital Health; confidential assistant to the Chief of Staff and senior policy advisor to the commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; policy analyst at the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of New Jersey; and research associate at Princeton Public Affairs Group.

Walton serves on the Board of Directors, and both the Congressional and State Affairs Committees, for the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey; the Board of Directors and Policy Committee for Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ); and on the Board of Trustees for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Hamilton, an RWJBarnabas affiliate. She also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for RWJBarnabas – New Brunswick and the Community Advisory Board for the Trenton Health Team.

Previously, Walton served on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Hospital Association, Children's Specialized Hospital and Trenton Public Education Foundation. She served three terms as an appointed public university task force representative for the National Task Force for Higher Education Government Relations. Walton was appointed by the New Jersey Senate to the Governor's Advisory Council on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in 2005 and to the Governor's Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Task Force in 2012. Walton also served on the inaugural Policy Committee for Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership.

Walton received the Salute to the Policy Makers Award by the EWNJ in 2012, was honored as one of NJBIZ's Top 40 under 40 in New Jersey in 2016 and was selected for the Maria Barnaby Greenwald Empowerment Award in 2018.

Walton earned her Master of Science in Management degree and Graduate Certificate in Organizational Management and Leadership from Thomas Edison State University. She earned a BA in political science and an International Certificate in German from Douglass College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Walton also was a 2018 graduate of the Public Affairs Council's Institute and a 2015 Harvard Kennedy School Emerging Leader Program participant.

She is a 2008 HERS Wellesley Fellow, a 2006 Young Business Leaders' Council Fellow and 2004 Leadership Trenton Fellow.

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