Shayna Robinson is the Program Officer for the Internet Society Foundation’s Research and Innovation Programs as well as the Emergency Response Grant Program. She began working with the Foundation in April of 2020. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Director of Research & Development at Pollicy, a civic technology organization based in Kampala, Uganda that seeks to improve public service delivery through data, design, and technology. In that role, she led both research and software development teams to gain insights and create responsive solutions to a host of government-related issues in East Africa.
Shayna was living in Uganda by coincidence, though more formally through the Impact Fellowship funded by the Liechtenstein Global Trust, an international private bank owned by the Princely House of Liechtenstein. Her fellowship supported the reorganization and expansion of STIR Education’s local field office in Kampala. Most of her professional experience to date is in managing large-scale programs and projects in high-impact environments at both the government and community level.
An American born and raised in Maryland, Shayna earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Interdisciplinary Studies and a graduate degree from Erasmus University, Rotterdam in Urban Management and Development.
Shayna enjoys reading autobiographies, restoring old houses, and producing theme songs for her friends’ podcasts.