Robin Lerner – President & Chief Executive Officer

President & Chief Executive Officer

Robin Lerner, J.D.

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 23% 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. While on the Committee, she was a leading voice on public and privately-funded educational exchange programs and mechanisms, as well as virtual and digital educational and cultural exchange. 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. Ms. Lerner, a lawyer by training, began her career as a Legal and Human Rights Advisor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Missions in Croatia and Kosovo, where she handled violence against women, human trafficking, and minority and property rights. Ms. Lerner spent a year as a staff attorney for the ACLU of Mississippi and was an election supervisor for Bosnia’s first democratic elections in 1997.

Ms. Lerner is committed to public service and civic affairs and currently serves on the City of Austin’s Ethics Review Commission, the Texas State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the public affairs committee of the Ann Richards School Foundation, and serves on the board of directors for the non-profit organizations, Too Young To Wed and Global Ties, U.S, where she is chair of the public affairs committee.

When not working, Ms. Lerner enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband – a middle and high school STEM educator – and their two daughters.