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Former Orange County School Board Member Nancy Robbinson Named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Orlando

Nancy Robbinson has been named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Orlando, located at 150 W. Michigan Street. “I am pleased to announce Nancy Robbinson as the new Executive Director for our Orlando UP Center,” said Gwendolyn Butson, Chief Executive Officer of United Against Poverty. “Nancy’s experience and strong commitment to community building make her an asset and a well-qualified choice to lead our Orlando campus into the next chapter.”

Following her ten-year service as an elected School Board Member, Robbinson joined the United Against Poverty Orlando team in 2019 as the Development Officer responsible for major gifts. She is a native of Orlando and a graduate of Auburn University where she studied Public Relations. Robbinson holds certifications in Nonprofit Management and Fundraising and Development from Rollins College’s Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Robbinson is no stranger to serving her community. In addition to representing District 6, she stepped up to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida School Boards Association and advocated and lobbied education issues at the state legislature as part of the Central Florida Public School Boards Association. She was also elected by fellow members of the School Board to serve a term as Vice Chair. Outside of her involvement in public education, Robbinson is actively engaged with a number of civic and social organizations. She was appointed and served on the Central Florida Congress of Regional Leaders, is a past President, board member and current member of the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, is on the board of Urban Think Foundation, is part of the League of Women Voters, and is actively involved with College Park United Methodist Church.

“I take great pride in being associated not only with a mission that offers so much to our community, but also the passionate and talented team who lift and encourage all those who step through our doors.” says Robbinson. She continues, “I was fortunate to be part of the organization under former Executive Director Eric Gray’s tenure, and am excited to build upon that momentum.” Robbinson and her husband of 32 years Bill have been supporters of United Against Poverty Orlando since its inception as Destiny Foundation in 2001.

United Against Poverty is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency. The organization operates UP Centers in Indian River County, Orlando and St. Lucie County which together serve more than 1,500 low-income families daily.