Robyn Attebury Ellis is the program officer for College Success and Leadership. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served for 7 years as the Director of College Readiness and Community Outreach at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC). During that time, Robyn provided leadership and direction for college readiness programming and managed the largest and most inclusive dual enrollment program in DC. She established partnerships with 45 DC public and public charter high schools and adult education programs, and facilitated orientations, recruitment, and targeted interventions to improve student success. Additionally, Robyn assisted in expanding academic partnerships by creating professional development opportunities between high school teachers and College instructors in 17 Associate’s degree programs.
Prior to joining UDC-CC, Robyn worked as the Early College Coordinator at DCPS’ Bell Multicultural High School where she managed the early college and early high school programs and taught a college seminar. Prior to moving to DC, Robyn was the College Persistence and Volunteer Coordinator at Breakthrough Austin where she also mentored teachers in an intensive summer program for middle school students, the first in their family to go to college.
Robyn spent three formative years in the classroom in Austin, Texas, first as a special education teacher at a residential treatment center for girls ages 7-21, and then as a 9th-12th grade English teacher at a Title I public high school.
Robyn received her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Texas at Austin and holds a master’s degree in Comparative Education from the Institute of Education at the University of London in England. She lives in DC with her partner and their two children.