Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award-winning business school professor, international speaker, and entrepreneur. Since 2008, he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School where he is an associate professor of management and entrepreneurship and the Academic Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development. He has used his business acumen to launch new ventures, advise established businesses and consulting to Fortune 500 corporations. Through his research, entrepreneurship and community activities he makes direct impacts on entrepreneurship and economic development policy and practice in the state of New Jersey and beyond.
He is the author of books and articles on such topics as social entrepreneurship, African American women in entrepreneurship, minority technology entrepreneurship, and patterns of black employment. He is the co-author with Dr. Randal Pinkett of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness (AMACOM Press).
Dr. Robinson is a sought-after speaker, author and media commentator recently appearing on Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News, PBS, NJN News, Marketplace on Public Radio International, Huff Post Live, NJ Biz, and The New York Times. He has been the keynote speaker at international events and conferences in Shanghai, China; Lagos, Nigeria; Melbourne, Australia; Moscow, Russia; Nairobi, Kenya; and London, England and has taught or presented his work on six continents. Since 2013, he has participated as a speaker in the public diplomacy program of the U.S. State Department.
Dr. Robinson is the co-founder of the Newark, New Jersey-based consulting company BCT Partners, based in Newark, New Jersey. From 2008-2015, he and his wife Valerie Mason-Robinson launched and operated Eden Organix, a day spa, and retailer of organic skin and beauty products in Highland Park, New Jersey that was recognized by New Jersey Magazine as one of the ten best spas in the state. He has completed five degrees in the areas of engineering, urban studies, and business. At Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at Rutgers College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Rutgers College of Engineering. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Robinson is the father of three children and the husband of seventeen years of Valerie Mason-Robinson. Dr. Robinson is an active member of the community and volunteers his time with many worthy causes. He works with various community organizations to empower, educate and encourage others. He is President of the Board of Trustees of the Sphinx Scholarship Fund Inc. He holds life memberships in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and the National Black MBA Association. He and his wife and family are active members of Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Robinson believes in the words “to whom much is given, much is required” and endeavors to use his time, talents, treasure and touch to encourage and inspire others to reach their God-given potential.