Robin Tanya Watson

Executive Director at Year Up Tampa Bay

Robin Tanya Watson serves as the Executive Director of Year Up in Tampa Bay, Florida. Year Up Tampa Bay will launch its first class of students in February 2019 in partnership with St. Petersburg College’s Midtown Campus.

Prior to joining Year Up, Robin served as the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement as well as the University Development Officer at Tennessee State University.  Prior to joining TSU, Watson was the Vice President of Business Development at PRISM International. At PRISM International, she assisted organizations in strategically focusing their diversity processes and leveraging their resources to close business gaps. Her functions included providing strategic direction and sponsorships solicitations management of sales team.

She brings a wealth of relationships and a vision and commitment to closing the opportunity divide Year Up’s distinct mission. Robin’s leadership and development efforts at Tennessee State University during her tenure- resulted in raising over $19M, helped increase the endowment to a net asset position of $69M, a 6% increase in new Alumni giving. Robin served on the Foundation board and finance committee stewarding and protecting the University legacy. Robin Tanya Watson has a deep commitment to bettering the lives of those in need of direction and those that dream of the desire to participate the American way of a better life. Robin grew up in Nashville; she is a graduate of Fisk University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and an additional post Baccalaureate Degree in Natural Science and Mathematics.  She has two adult children Brian Alexander Watson and Kirsten Antoinette Watson.

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