Laurie Robinson, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at George Mason University, has been involved in national criminal justice policy for more than three decades. She has twice served as the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. Her three years of service in the Obama Administration, coupled with seven years in the same post in the Clinton Administration, make her the longest serving head of the agency in its 45-year history. Between her stints in the Justice Department, Robinson launched, and then directed, the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Science Program in Criminology and served as a Distinguished Senior Scholar in Penn's Jerry Lee Center of Criminology. Prior to joining the federal government, she served for 14 years as director of the American Bar Association's Section of Criminal Justice, where she founded its Center on Juvenile Justice. She has frequently testified before Congress and has served on numerous national boards, including those of the Center for Naval Analysis, the Police Foundation, and the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Robinson was a member of Vera's Board of Trustees from 2001-2009, and joined the board again in 2013.