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Ivey appoints new leader to minority affairs office

Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced the appointment of Stacia Robinson as the next director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs.

That office was created in March 2016 as a cabinet-level agency focused on advising the governor on issues affecting women and minorities. Current director Nichelle Nix is leaving the role to practice law.

“Today in 2022, we can reflect on the significant progress we have made during my first term and can be excited for what work remains ahead, and I am proud to have Stacia Robinson be part of that effort,” Ivey said in a written statement. “From looking to engaging our students at Alabama’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities to supporting minority and women-owned businesses to ensuring every Alabamian has the opportunity to provide for their families, we are setting important and necessary goals and having Stacia at the helm of the Alabama Office of Minority Affairs will be instrumental. I am sure that good things are in store for our folks.”

Ivey called Robinson a small-business champion with a background in employee benefits design and administration, as well as advertising consulting and professional speaking.

In Montgomery, Robinson has served on the Industrial Development Board of Montgomery, the Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Alabama Small Business Commission. She was also the first African American female to serve on the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. As chairman of the Marketing & Promotions Task Force for the Council of Small Business Enterprises, she won an award for the “Buy Greater Montgomery” campaign.

“I am looking forward to serving the great state of Alabama in this role on behalf of women and minorities,” Robinson said. “I hope to bring my own experiences and curiosity of others to the role as this administration strives to make ‘Alabama the Beautiful’ also Alabama the better for its citizens, especially for its women and all minorities.”

Robinson is a Colorado native and her military career brought her to Alabama. While spending seven years in the Air Force as a communications-computer officer, she completed her Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Development at Troy University in Montgomery. Prior to that, she received her bachelor’s of science in mathematics from Spelman College in Atlanta. 

Robinson’s appointment is effective Sunday.

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