As the President & CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., Robin Wise provides leadership and vision for the largest economics education organization in the region. Under her direction, the organization inspires student success through three vital pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness.
Since Robin took the helm in 1992, the organization has grown from reaching just 8,000 students in the 1990/91 school year to reaching over 126,000 students in the 2015/16 school year. Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc. is currently the 8th largest JA operation in the nation. JA’s hands-on, K-12 programs utilize nearly 6,000 business volunteers throughout Metro Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
JA has logged several top honors under Robin’s leadership, as well.
- 2013, 2011, 2006, 2004 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, MetLife
- 2012 Top Company of the Year Winner – Nonprofit Sector, ColoradoBiz Magazine
- 2010 Ethics in Business Award Winner, Samaritan Institute
- 2008 Top Company of the Year Winner – Nonprofit Sector, ColoradoBiz Magazine
- 2004-2012 Peak Performance Award, Junior Achievement USA
- 2001 Nonprofit of the Year, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Robin honed her skills over 29 years in leadership and management positions at major corporations and nonprofit organizations. Prior to JA, Robin held executive positions at Northern Natural Gas and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Robin has been selected as one of the 2016 Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Robin was nominated as a brave leader in Colorado business and politics through the Leadercast Series. In 2012, the Denver Business Journal named Robin the top newsmaker in Foundations and Education, and in 2007 named her “Outstanding Woman in Business.” Robin was recognized as a 2011 Athena Award Finalist by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, Robin won the prestigious “Charles R. Hook” award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in the growth and development of a JA area, and in 2003 was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Mile-Hi Council.
Other notable memberships and involvements include:
- Vice Chair, Colorado Lottery Commission
- Board member, Public Education and Business Coalition
- Board member, Commerce Bank
- Director Emeritus, Colorado Open Foundation
- Women’s Forum
- Past Gubernatorial appointee to Consumer Credit Code Commission
- Past Gubernatorial appointee to Colorado’s Workforce Development Council
- Delegate, Colorado gubernatorial trade missions to Great Britain, South America and the Czech Republic
- Dean’s Leadership Council for the UNC Monfort College of Business (2008-2013)
Robin received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. When she’s not working with educators, business leaders and JA’s talented staff to achieve JA’s mission, Robin likes to golf and spend time with her husband and two sons.