Jon Robinson is a manager of entrepreneurship programs at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he oversees a number of initiatives to connect founders to financial, human, intellectual, and social capital, and expand access to entrepreneurial opportunity. He leads the Foundation’s efforts to deliver entrepreneurship resources through community colleges, programs to support military veteran entrepreneurs, and other projects to improve local and regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. He also manages the Foundation’s work on expeditionary economics, a research initiative focused on enabling economic growth in conflict areas.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Robinson was an account supervisor and defense and security specialist in public affairs at Edelman New York, where he provided strategic communications counsel for a variety of nonprofit, corporate, and government clients.
Previously, Robinson was a project associate with David Diebold & Associates, a boutique business consultancy headquartered in Hong Kong and Beijing concentrated on foreign investment in Chinese IT and telecom R&D.
Robinson served for eight years active duty and reserve in the U.S. Marine Corps infantry, including as a squad leader in Iraq and Mozambique.
Robinson also has worked as a reporter for The New York Times, the Financial Times, and as an editorial assistant at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University in Atlanta with a concentration in law and international relations.