Meet Foundation Board Member

Robin Claire Barnes 

Robin hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and is a graduate of Berkeley High School. Growing up she was involved with the American Conservatory Theatre and performed in several mainstage productions as a child and young adult. After graduating from Northwestern University, Robin settled in Los Angeles and landed a development executive position at Walt Disney Studios. While she was at Disney, Robin incorporated her personal experience as a young actress and became instrumental in shifting the way young performers of color were viewed and worked towards building a diverse palate in front of the camera and behind it.

Robin is one of the inaugural executives to create and manage a compensated screenplay writing program at a studio level for untested writers. While managing the Disney Writers Fellowship Program, she was responsible for developing communications with theatrical groups, universities, and writer's workshops on a national level. She also mentored new talent and effectively sought placement for them within the entertainment industry.

Outside of her theatre, feature film and television experience, Robin has become engaged in the important work of education and worked to close gaps in achievement. Two projects that came out of that work were the development of a line of curriculum-based comic books for elementary schools with Magic Johnson Enterprises and a bilingual musical pre-school series for the Disney Channel.

Libraries, and in particular, the Berkeley public libraries, were a great source of inspiration for Robin growing up. An avid reader, she combed the stacks seeking new authors to discover and new subject matter to explore.

A mother of three, Robin is back in the Bay Area where she operates as a screenwriting consultant and does volunteer work in non-profit education. From time to time, Robin can be seen doing staged performances as a storyteller at local venues. After years of writing screenplays, staged work, short stories, and essays, Robin is finally pursuing her dream of writing (and completing) a novel.
Currently on Robin’s nightstand: Yaa Gyasi’s Homecoming , The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter by Kia Corthron, and David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon.