Robyn manages several projects within Valley Vision's Food & Agriculture portfolio including working with Sacramento City Unified School District to increase access to healthy food for students, increasing access to broadband/wireless in rural areas by showing the benefit of broadband/wireless to agriculture, reducing food waste through the CropMobster Sacramento Community Exchange, and working with the City of Stockton to develop a Food and Agriculture Action Plan for the Stockton region. Robyn managed development of the Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan, conducting stakeholder interviews and focus groups to gather input from over 250 individuals and analyze this data and other research to develop four goal areas and priority recommendations in each area. Previously Robyn managed the Sacramento Region Food System Collaborative (FSC), a diverse coalition focused on connecting the economic viability of local agriculture with increasing access to healthy foods in underserved communities. This work was the basis for her master's thesis, "Food Access, Ag Sustainability, and Education: Collaborating to Promote a Regional Food System." Robyn has conducted and analyzed stakeholder interviews on numerous Valley Vision projects. Through a partnership with Community Link and Sacramento Housing Alliance, Robyn conducted interviews and focus groups to look more deeply at causes of hunger in Sacramento County. The resulting report, "Hunger Hits Home 2012" was the starting point for other projects including partnering with a local school district to increase participation in the K-12 national school breakfast program. Previously she supported Valley Vision's partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) on the Rural Urban Connections Strategy (RUCS) by conducting stakeholder interviews for a Local Market Assessment of the Sacramento Region. She provided logistical and technical coordination for the Hmong Health Collaborative and other Valley Vision projects. Pre-Valley Vision efforts include oral history interviews, research and teaching assistantships, various work in the public school system, and a solo 10,000-mile motorcycle trip. Robyn has earned Master's degrees from UC Davis in Community Development and Cultural Anthropology.
Robyn was hired at Valley Vision while a graduate student in the Community Development program at UC Davis. She likes working on local issues and interacting directly with stakeholders. In her free time, she volunteers with both animal rescues and the arts, and spends a ridiculous amount of time throwing a ball for her dog.