Robin Stratton is a creative, strategic leader with more than 30 years of experience in both for-profit and for-purpose industries. Her diverse career has taken her from corporate marketing and branding, to non-profit fundraising and executive management, and includes entrepreneurship and franchising. Having sat on both sides of the board room, as CEO and board chair, this unique path developed competencies in communications, advancement, people development, financial management, client relationships, and as a storyteller. She is also adept in executive search and performance evaluation, board member assessment and action plans, meeting facilitation, and committee charters.
A results-oriented team builder, Robin spent the last decade as a McDonald’s restaurant owner and operator in Kentucky and Indiana, overseeing finance, marketing, and human resources for her franchise organization. In this role, she led recruitment and retention, staff training and assessment, local marketing, sales building, and community relations. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Louisville’s JCC, Chief Operating Officer of Jewish Community of Louisville, and as Director of Development, Marketing and Special Projects for JCCs in Kentucky and Ohio. While overseeing all programs, facilities, employees, and advancement for the 8,000-member organization, Robin played a lead role in the merger of Louisville’s JCC and Jewish Federation, providing operational, financial, and marketing strategy.
Earlier in her career, Robin worked in advertising, marketing, public relations, and special events as Marketing and Brand Managers for McDonald’s Corp and Paramount Pictures. She holds a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University; Non-Profit Leadership accreditation from Brandeis University; and Management & Media Certification from McDonald’s Hamburger University. Robin held lay leadership roles with Jewish Heritage Fund, Ronald McDonald House, Louisville Collegiate School, ORT America – collaborating and leading efforts in grant making and writing, marketing, governance, strategic planning, recruitment, personnel and the first dedicated efforts toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. She currently serves as a member of Governor Andy Beshear’s Kentucky Heritage Council and as Immediate Past Chair of JFCS.