Robin Ficke joined World Business Chicago on October 22 as our Research Director. Robin has broad range of experiences across various sectors, public, private, and non-profit, that will contribute to the research work at WBC.
Immediately prior to coming to WBC, Robin was the Deputy Policy Director in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Chicago and held the position of Senior Fellow on Human Trafficking. During her time in the Mayor’s Office, Robin worked on policy development for various social and poverty issues and led efforts to coordinate systems of support for low-income Chicagoans and improve the social safety net for the most vulnerable populations. Approaching issues like homelessness through a strategic and holistic lens, Robin worked to help Chicago become the first city in the nation to design an initiative around data on homeless families from both Chicago Public Schools and the Continuum of Care. Additionally, Robin championed city efforts to adopt a new housing model: a flexible housing subsidy pool to coordinate public and private funding with unified administrative and service practices. This strategic thinking led the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to recognize Robin’s work during their 2017 Victory Celebration.
Before working in the Mayor’s Office, Robin worked on Andrea Zopp’s campaign for US Senate as the Director of Policy and in government relations for Enova, an international financial technology company based in Chicago. At Enova, Robin helped ensure the development of regulations by the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau were based on relevant industry data illustrating consumer borrowing and lender behavior.
Robin also spent 5 years working on veterans affairs in Washington, DC. Starting as a Presidential Management Fellow and then as a Chief of Policy, Robin led efforts to leverage vast data sources from multiple federal agencies to streamline and increase benefits to veterans and their families while also saving federal resources.
A native Houstonian, Robin has adopted Chicago as her hometown and lives here with her son, partner, and two mischievous dogs. She has a BA in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from The John Marshall Law School.