Get to Know Herbert Robinson

What brought you to the Pivot Program?

My favorite part of Pivot so far has been learning about social capital and learning about the resources, not only with Pivot, but also with their of reach and all that they have to offer. My favorite class was Business Communications. Professor Welsh had this no-nonsense way about her. “This is business communication, this is how you need to speak when you speak in a business setting.”

How has your internship been so far?

I’m interning with the Center for Employment Opportunities. CEO focuses on using their social network and their social capital to help returning citizens find employment. They also have a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The equity part is what stands out to me because it makes me reflect back to Pivot and how it has given us the skill set to be able to function in society.

What are your goals for the future?

I co-facilitated the Unlock the Box campaign to end solitary confinement here in D.C. I’m also the owner of AGG Transportation, a carrier and logistics company that specializes in transferring freight for carriers and brokers. My goal is to build both out and to tie both together to social entrepreneurship that 1) employs returning citizens, and 2) gives returning citizens a chance to learn about the judicial system of D.C. and help them with prison reform and social justice work, and advocate for the policies that we think would help better us and better our society.

What do you like to do for fun?

In my free time, I like to travel. A lot of my traveling comes out of the transportation company, so it’s free, and I get paid to do it. I can drive and sightsee, I get to explore the United States on the roads and highways.