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Robin Lerner

Texas International Education Consortium

Robin Lerner assumed the role of President and CEO of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) in September 2017. In this position, she oversees a unique state-based consortium of public and private universities who, together, work toward increasing campus internationalization. During her tenure, TIEC membership has increased in size by 32% and strategic reserves by more than 50%. Prior to this position, Ms. Lerner served in the Obama administration as senior advisor and counselor to the ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, focusing primarily on adolescent girls’ education and empowerment globally, economic empowerment, and gender-based violence. She also served as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In this capacity, she oversaw the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, a public-private partnership mechanism that annually brings some 300,000 foreign citizens – mostly youth – to the United States to study, build skills, and teach through sponsored programs.

Before joining the administration, Ms. Lerner served as a senior counselor on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where she led the Committee’s policy and budget positions regarding gender equality, human rights, refugees, migration, trafficking in persons, international education, and public diplomacy. She was the lead drafter of a number of human rights bills and resolutions on women and girls, trafficking in persons, and freedom of the press, among others.

Prior to the Committee, she spent nearly seven years in a career capacity at the U.S. Department of State, including in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and U.S. Embassies Cairo and Baghdad.

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Events featuring Robin Lerner
Events featuring Robin Lerner