Robin Miller is an Education Advocate for DREDF’s Foster Youth Resources in Education (FYRE) project. In addition to advocating for her own son’s IEP and supporting other parents in getting their children’s special education needs addressed, Robin has participated on the Berkeley Unified School District’s (BUSD) Special Education Task Force and Expert Panel, promoting inclusive special education programming. She is a member of Berkeley Parents in Special Education (BSPED), and she was the chair of BUSD’s Jefferson Elementary School Site Council on which she continues to serve.
Prior to her position at DREDF, Robin worked primarily in research, policy analysis and program implementation on poverty–related issues. At the Public Health Institute she analyzed the impacts of welfare reform on programs serving persons with substance abuse, serious mental illness, homelessness and other obstacles to sustained employment, as well as programmatic impact of new law promoting treatment instead of jail for drug offenders. As Senior Staff Attorney for HomeBase: The Center for Common Concerns, Robin conducted policy/program analysis and advocacy on a range of issues affecting the rights of homeless persons, including education for homeless children and children in transition. Other past legal experience includes representation of Central American refugees, tenants, SSI applicants and other legal services agency clients, as well as consumer class action litigation. Robin has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, where she majored in Anthropology, and a law degree from University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).