Robin Kramer is executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, a novel philanthropic effort of the California-based Harbor Freight Tools. Harbor Freight Tools for Schools supports exceptional teaching and learning in the skilled trades in public high schools to boost graduation rates and foster employment in good, high-demand jobs. She brings to this work a varied background in public, private, and nonprofit leadership, including her current service as senior advisor for the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Previously, she was commissioner for the Port of Los Angeles and served as chief of staff to two Los Angeles mayors, Antonio Villaraigosa and Richard Riordan—she was the first woman in the city’s history to serve in this post. She has held senior positions at the Broad Foundation and the California Community Foundation; she also worked extensively as an independent consultant for a variety of entities focused on advancing access, equity, and engagement in civic life, public education, and the arts. Earlier in her career, she was chief deputy for Los Angeles city councilmembers Richard Alatorre and Bob Ronka, director of the Democratic Party of Southern California, and executive director of two nonprofits—Coro and Reboot. She recently completed two terms as chair of the Pitzer College board of trustees, and she is currently a member of the board of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation. She holds an MA in urban studies from Occidental College and a BA in political studies and journalism from Pitzer College.
Robin M. Kramer