A lifelong Worcester resident, Robyn Kennedy is running for State Senate representing the 1st District. Robyn has many years of experience in developing and implementing statewide policy, as well as implementing and overseeing large scale programs on the local level. She has a BA from Assumption College and a Masters in Public Administration from Clark University. Robyn has a long history at the state and local levels of building and fostering collaborations, centering racial and economic equity, and achieving results.
Robyn began her career as the Children’s Advocate at the YWCA Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter. Prior to joining the YWCA team as COO, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families in the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor for the former Lt. Governor, managing policy work on several Interagency Councils including the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness and the Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. She was also a former Legislative Aide in the Massachusetts State Senate. Furthering her commitment to community collaboration, she opened an emergency shelter for women to safely shelter in place at the beginning of the pandemic. She also sat on the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care and helped craft budget amendments that supported EEC.
If elected, Robyn would guarantee access to quality, affordable early education and care, for every child in our community, to ensure every child has an opportunity, and no parent has to choose between work or care; she would ensure access to affordable housing through both overdue production of new housing, while also addressing long standing policies at the local and state that have created barriers to accessing and sustaining housing; and she would lift our economy by providing businesses and entrepreneurs the tools necessary to emerge stronger out of the pandemic.
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