Robin R. Runge, J.D., is the Co-Director of the Equality and Inclusion Department at the Solidarity Center where she provides strategic programmatic leadership, and technical assistance to Solidarity Center staff, partners, and allies internationally on issues of gender equality and inclusion, and oversees the implementation of the Solidarity Center’s global campaign to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work. She is concurrently a professorial lecturer in law at The George Washington University Law School where she has taught Public Interest Lawyering and Domestic Violence Law since 2004, including in the clinical education program.
Robin has over 25 years of experience developing and implementing programs, policies, and laws to end gender inequality in employment by addressing sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Her career has involved the successful advancement and enforcement of local, state level, national and international legal and policy solutions to end gender- and sex-based violence and harassment as barriers to economic security for women. She has provided legal representation to victims of domestic and sexual violence, including sexual harassment and rape in the workplace; conducted legal research about gender-based violence and employment and; has extensive experiencing designing and facilitating interactive workshops domestically and internationally for judges, lawyers, advocates and workers intended to change attitudes, behaviors and practices regarding gender inequality and gender-based violence.
Prior to joining the staff of the Solidarity Center, Robin was the Director of Enforcement Policy and Procedures in the Wage and Hour Division and a Senior Policy Advisor in the Civil Rights Center at the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2009-2013, Robin was an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law where she taught in the Housing and Employment Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Law. In 2012-2013, she lived in Beijing, China as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar studying the legal system response to violence against women in China and assisting with the drafting of the national anti-domestic violence law that was adopted in 2015. From 2003 to 2009, Robin directed the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence where she led efforts to expand civil legal assistance for victims of domestic violence domestically and internationally. Previously, she was Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Program on Women’s Employment Rights (POWER) at the D.C. Employment Justice Center. Upon graduation from law school, Robin received an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and created the Domestic Violence and Employment Project at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, one of the first programs in the country devoted exclusively to advocating for the employment rights of domestic violence victims. She is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Wellesley College. Robin is from Collinsville, Illinois and currently resides in Washington, DC.?