Spotlight On: Robin Juni

As the Assistant Dean of Students at The George Washington University and an experienced environmental lawyer, it is no surprise that Robin Juni has sharp negotiation skills. But, it is her facilitation skills that make her so special to AmericaSpeaks. Robin has facilitated six times since the start of 2011 and hopefully will continue to volunteer her time in the future.

Robin became interested in participatory democracy through her work in dispute resolution, and after serving as a facilitator in the Envision Prince George’s County project, became committed to giving the public a voice in government decision-making. “It’s rewarding to empower ordinary citizens to have a real voice in government decisions, by helping participants put their ideas into words and by providing a structure for that input that can directly translate to operational impact on the agency.”

Robin not only uses her facilitation skills in her work with AmericaSpeaks, but also in her classroom. “I use facilitation skills in leading class discussion, and have always found that interaction to be the most energizing and enjoyable part of teaching.” Prior to joining GW in 2010, Robin was an environmental lawyer at the Department of Justice and the international law firm of Jones Day.

In addition to her responsibilities at GW and her work with AmericaSpeaks, Robin serves as the Board Chair for Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria, which is a fair trade retailer in Old Town that helps create opportunity for artisans in developing countries by bringing their products and stories to the U.S. through fair trade relationships.

Robin lives with her husband in Alexandria, Virginia.