Robin Cleveland, PhD

Commissioner Robin Cleveland was reappointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2024.

Commissioner Cleveland served in a number of positions with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell including in his personal office, on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as Clerk of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In 2002, Dr. Cleveland was appointed as the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. During her tenure in the White House, Dr. Cleveland worked to improve Department of Defense programs and processes to ensure weapons systems successfully met battlefield requirements.  Dr. Cleveland also co-led the interagency effort to develop and implement two Presidential initiatives: the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). MCC and PEPFAR reflect her commitment to advance humanitarian and development goals while strengthening policy, performance, and resource management.  In 2005, Dr. Cleveland was appointed as Counselor to the President of the World Bank where she had a broad policy, budget, and fund-raising portfolio including debt relief programs in Africa.

After three decades of government service, Cleveland received her PhD in Counseling and is now in private practice.  While pursuing her degree, Dr. Cleveland was the Executive Director of the Office of Student Life at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University.

Commissioner Cleveland graduated from Wesleyan University with honors and received her Masters and PhD in Counseling from The George Washington University.