Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Robson Govine


Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management

A Connecticut native, Robson Govine has been a resident of Boston for the past 9 years, originally relocating to serve as an AmeriCorps service member. Most recently, he is the former Director of Operations at The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY). In his role with BAGLY, Robson managed their financial matters, state contracts, and the day-to-day operations of BAGLY's Youth Community Center. As part of BAGLY's senior leadership team, Robson assisted in securing funding and implementing programming geared towards providing culturally competent and accessible sexual and mental health services specifically for LGBTQ+ youth. Since 2013 he has been involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), first as a development associate, then through his role at BAGLY as their fiscal sponsor, assisting in their financial management, and continuously in a volunteer capacity annually serving as a host committee member for their major fundraiser.

Robson holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Central Connecticut State University, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management through the Institute of Non-Profit Practice and Tufts University. His professional and volunteer experiences have yielded years of learning within the non-profit sector from programmatic, development, operational standpoints.

Outside of work, Robson is an avid lover of all things active – from fitness to hiking to playing in local rec sports leagues. Currently, he serves as a co-coach of the Trailblazers, a local softball team dedicated to creating and sustaining a safe and inclusive space for trans and non-binary people to participate in sports. Along with being active, Robson is constantly trying to satisfy his curiosity and need for new experiences through travel, reading, and trying as many tasty foods as possible.


What made you consider business school?

I wanted to take the next steps in becoming an "expert" in my field. Working in the nonprofit sector as allowed me the opportunity to try on and learn a variety of different skill sets. Now, I want to dive deeper, and truly refine those skills, exploring other types of thinking, approaches, strategies when it comes to business and management and figuring out how best to apply those to mission driven work.


What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am very excited to be back in a classroom, and in particular, have the opportunity to truly immerse myself in this learning experience. I hope to be challenged by new trains of thought and ideas, and look forward to meeting new peers, and taking advantage of leadership opportunities being provided by my school and the ROMBA fellowship. Business school represents a large step and change for me, one that I am very excited to begin.


Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Recently, I've been particularly inspired by political figures such as Ayanna Pressley and Elizabeth Warren. Both Congresswomen's ability to speak knowledgeably, passionately, and authentically is inspiring, and both have been great advocates for equity and justice. More personally, I am particular inspired by those closest to me - my friends and partner who have not only dedicated themselves professionally in ways that are aimed at serving others and/or bettering society, but also do so in their spare time, volunteering and organizing on local levels. They are the standard to which I hold myself and use as my main motivator when thinking about how I can be active in my community.


What's one thing everyone should know about you? I am actually a closet optimist with a snarky sense of humor.


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