Chief Navigator at True North Strategies Robin Hogen

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Robin has more than 40 years of experience in corporate communications, foundation leadership, academic public affairs, brand management, and crisis communications. He has a record of developing powerful and cohesive strategies for leading brands, including Merck, United Technologies, Yale University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Until 2015, Robin was vice president of communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropy in the U.S. focusing on health (current assets of $11 billion). After his retirement from the Foundation, he formed a boutique consulting practice, True North Strategies, LLC.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Robin served as director of strategic communications at Yale University, where he led its efforts to burnish its reputation as a center of excellence in science, engineering, medicine, and the arts. His communications initiatives helped to tell the stories of Yale through videos, podcasts, feature articles, and partnerships with leading media.

In his corporate career, Robin has served as vice president for public affairs at Purdue Pharma; vice president of external affairs Fisher Scientific International; vice president of communications for the biotech company Hybridon; president of the Merck Company Foundation; and director of corporate contributions and community affairs for United Technologies.

Robin earned a BA from Yale and remains active with the university through his affiliation as a Fellow of Branford College and Past President of The Phelps Association.

He currently serves on the Board of the Bart Center for Adaptive Sports and the Yale Club of New York. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of Rabin Martin, the Social Impact Exchange Advisory Board and the Nation Swell Council.