Robbie grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Sociology. While attending SUNY Geneseo Robbie served as co-chair of a student activist group called Food Security Advocates, where he educated fellow students about hunger on college campuses, created a food pantry delivery program for students during the covid-19 pandemic, and passed a college resolution to create an on-campus food pantry. In the summer of 2021, Robbie was a speaker for the New York State Food Summit to speak on a panel about college food insecurity. Robbie also served as an intern at the federal policy office for WE ACT for Environmental Justice, where he worked on policy briefs and conducted research to ensure that environmental policies considered the intersecting issues of racial justice, gender equity, and income inequality at all times.
Field placement: Kid Power Inc.
Robbie is currently working under the Veggietime program at Kid Power Inc. in Washington, D.C. He is working to conduct a community needs assessment of the Veggietime team's after-school nutrition programming in order to consider how their programming can increasingly serve the needs of the community as well as utilize the available assets in the community, existing community organizations, and skillsets of local stakeholders. The research conducted will particularly examine the inclusion of anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and anti-racism education.
Policy placement: National Conference of State Legislatures