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Janet L. Robinson Fund
By Jean Cohoon / February 21, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

Throughout a career that took her from teaching first and second grade to serving as President and CEO of The New York Times Company, Janet Robinson has been on a philanthropic journey, developing strong, charitable interests through her personal experiences.

Born and raised in Somerset, MA, Janet came to Rhode Island as a student at Salve
Regina University. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English, she taught in Newport and Somerset for 11 years. “I am a strong believer in the importance of offering quality public education, and a substantial portion of my philanthropy is directed toward education,” she shares.

She joined The New York Times Company in 1983, beginning what would become a 28- year career that culminated in 2004 when she was named President and CEO. “In that role, I was responsible for all business operations of the corporation, including management of the philanthropic activities of the corporation,” Janet says, noting that overseeing The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund “molded my viewpoint regarding my own personal philanthropy.” She also credits the Carnegie Corporation of New York, of which she currently serves as chairman, as shaping her charitable interests.

Janet serves on the Rhode Island Foundation board of directors, is chairman of the board of trustees of Salve Regina University, vice chairman of The Public’s Radio, and assistant treasurer of the Preservation Society of Newport County. She also serves on the board of directors of Bank Newport/OceanPoint Financial Partners MHC and on the advisory board of the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.

Along with education, Janet is passionate about supporting journalism and healthcare. “Quality journalism provides much-needed information regarding the challenges confronting civil society and the debates over how to meet these challenges. We must continue to inform all of our citizenry.”

“The Rhode Island Foundation is doing an excellent job addressing challenges in the state. I particularly like that the Foundation has taken on the role of convener to gather the best minds in the field to work together. This collaborative approach, owned by all, will be instrumental in how challenges will be overcome,” Janet concludes.

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