Adero Robinson serves as the Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Columbus. In his previous role as Chief of Staff, he oversaw the activities of the Executive, Human Resource, and Operations departments. Additionally, he collaborated with site leadership to develop and implement long-term strategic plans and operating goals.
Adero has over 26 years of nonprofit experience. He began his journey as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Columbus serving as a tutor and mentor in a Columbus City School 5th grade classroom. Adero then transitioned to a Team/Project Leader (aka Impact Manager), where he supervised AmeriCorps members serving at Gladstone Elementary School in the South Linden neighborhood.
As a Community Development Specialist with the Columbus Compact Corporation, Adero worked to improve the quality of life in Columbus’ central city neighborhoods through the implementation of high-impact community-based projects including education, housing, safety, and capacity building initiatives.
During his tenure as Senior Impact Director for the United Way of Central Ohio, he helped facilitate $8 million in education, $5 million in health and wellness, and $2 million in housing and safety-related program investments. He also was integral in the planning, development, and implementation of United Way’s Community Impact strategic direction. Additionally, he managed the Neighborhood Partnership Center and administered a $2.2 million summer program designed to provide low-income youth with opportunities to attend summer camps in Franklin County.
As the Director of Education Services for the Columbus Urban League, Adero secured over $700,000 in funds for programs related to academic enrichment, victim assistance, higher education, life skill and leadership development, violence intervention, substance abuse prevention, and HIV education/testing for youth and adults.
As a Project Manager with Battelle for Kids, he managed multiple large-scale education-related initiatives designed to improve the effectiveness of educators, building leaders, and school districts.
He has received several community awards, including a City Year Comcast Leadership Award. Adero has participated in several local and national leadership programs including the African American Leadership Academy, Ray Miller Institute for Change and Leadership, Bank of America Emerging Leaders, and is a proud alum of the 2017 City Year LEAD program. Adero has also volunteered in different roles on various non-profit community boards and committees.
Adero holds a B.A. from Denison University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He is married to Tracy Robinson and is the proud father of four children and three stepchildren. In his spare time, Adero enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching Netflix, listening to 80s and 90s hip-hop, and coaching youth basketball. Adero is 2nd-degree black belt through the United Fighting Arts Federation and enjoys practicing and teaching karate, and participating in martial arts competitions.