Diana Robinson is Director of Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies (CGS). In addition to managing CGS and its more than 30 professional staff, Diana is directly involved in a variety of applied research, policy analysis, program evaluation and strategic planning projects in education, workforce development and local government. Prior to coming to CGS, Diana was Deputy Superintendent for Workforce and Community Partnerships at the Illinois State Board of Education. While there she directed vocational and adult education for the state.
Diana also served as Vice President for the Midwest Regional Office of the National Alliance of Business (NAB), a national business-led organization focused on workforce development and education reform issues. Before NAB, Diana managed National Academy Foundation model youth apprenticeship programs in the City Colleges of Chicago. She also worked in various research and management positions for the City of Chicago during Mayor Harold Washington’s administration in employment and training and economic development.
Diana holds a Master’s degree in social services administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.