Robin Robbins is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania,
Upon graduation in 1987 Robin went to work for her family business Penn Maid Foods. She used her degree in Entrepreneurial Management to start new product lines for the company. She was then promoted to Director of marketing where for the first time in the company’s history, every product had a marketing plan. Ultimately, she was promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing where she was responsible for five account managers, twenty driver sales associates and a marketing associate. Under Robins’ leadership the company grew. After the birth of her two children, Robin helped to develop a board of directors. Within six months, the company was sold to one of their largest competitors. The terms of the sale required Robin to return to her marketing position to train the new owners on how to run Penn Maid. She trained her marketing associate who remained in the position for eleven years.
After the company was sold, she stayed at home to raise her children and began her philanthropic career. Initially getting involved in leadership positions at her children’s schools.
Whether at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia or Barrack Hebrew Academy, Robin has assumed leadership roles with a passion for her Jewish heritage and a desire to transmit Jewish values and traditions through action and example. At Federation, Robin has served on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, and as Vice President of Women’s Philanthropy, the Center of Jewish Life and Learning, chaired the Center for Social Responsibility, a member of the Missions Committee as well as chairing the committee for the general campaign. Robin has participated on many missions including chairing the March of the Living mission in 2016. She currently is a member of the National Women’s Philanthropy Board of JFNA.
Robin’s proactive involvement at Barrack Hebrew Academy is an expression of her dedication to, and support of, Jewish learning and life. At Barrack, Robin was Secretary of the Board of Directors, a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and Chair of the Moreshet Legacy Committee. Robin served as a past Director of Institutional Advancement where she oversaw a newly formed Marketing committee and school rebranding. The strategic tagline, “Love where you learn” has been used by Barrack for over a decade. Alumni relations were a renewed priority as was creating a culture of philanthropy where the board and the Institutional Advancement Department partner together. Since her son Ben’s mental health diagnosis in 2014, Robin has spent the past nine years dedicating her time and energy to supporting her son by creating a team of doctors, social support services, financial advisors, and experts to help the family with estate planning and preparation for Ben’s support when she is no longer here. Robin has chosen to use her knowledge to help support other families who are beginning their difficult journey. She frequently receives calls from families in crisis and tries to help mentor them.
Robin prides herself in being a philanthropist and proactive visionary with a great desire to mentor others.
Robin is married to Fred Robbins. They are the proud parents of Ben Batoff Drexel University 2017, Caroline Batoff University of Pennsylvania 2017, Matthew Robbins University of Wisconsin 2016 and Seth Robbins Penn State University 2019.