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Check Out Ronda Robinson’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ronda Robinson.

Hi Ronda, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
“Humble but grateful beginnings…” I began my career as a public servant with Orange County Government (Corrections Department) in an entry-level position in 1994. Ironically, I chose to work in the Government/Public sector because I was struggling financially with my educational goals. My main objective at that time was to secure a job within an organization that would literally “invest in me” and view our long-term, professional relationship as a “ROI” (Return on Investment). I was also looking to reciprocate and “give back” to the organization once I attained my education. Subsequently, through Orange County’s tuition reimbursement program, I was able to attain financial assistance for my Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctorate degrees (I am currently working on my Doctorate.) “Then… Now.”

Additionally, for the past 26 years with Orange County, I have been beyond fortunate to successfully navigate and advance through the organization. From achieving various promotions in Corrections to being selected in 2005 to work as the Assistant to (then) Orange County Public Safety Director and now Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has truly been a blessing and testament of what “ROI” means. My daily mantra is aligned with my daily work, “Of service and community…” I live to serve, give back, and be accountable for my community. It’s just that simple, no more… no less. Through my current role as a Special Assistant to the Mayor, I get to provide first-hand public service to our community. A typical day for me could range from coordinating support for a resident in need, organizing community events via our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initiative to participating in food distributions efforts to local residents. Our daily duties as public servants are endless as there are people in need, especially during the times for which we are experiencing. Many in our community affectionately call our staff “#TeamNoSleep” as we are always “up and moving” to make a difference in the community we serve.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
“Nothing good ever comes easy.” However, I can say overall that my journey has been good. I believe when you are “positioned in your passion,” your experience seems effortless and without struggle. Realistically, of course, things happen and there are times that you wonder if where you are is where you’re suppose to be. But, for some strange reason, throughout my journey, I’ve always received confirmations that I am right where I’m suppose to be… at that time… in that space… to give, support, motivate and inspire.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am most proud of “the work” my work team and I are doing in our community. During the past year, we have dealt with a pandemic, civil unrest, social injustice and a host of other unprecedented occurrences. Yet, we have managed to remain resilient in our efforts to stay safe, sound (both mentally and physically), and fully committed to our local residents. I think what sets me apart from others is my unyielding mission to genuinely provide help and aid to those in need and most vulnerable in our society.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Of course, my mom (Veronica Rollins) has always been a huge supporter of my personal and professional growth. She has been “the catalyst” of what I have become. She is simply AMAZING! Having “The Best Boss On the Planet” as your mentor is also a true blessing! Mayor Demings has been a phenomenal “template” to emulate, watch and follow throughout the years. I am and will always be forever grateful for his leadership and to serve on his team. Additionally, Mayor Demings’ “Better Half,” Congresswoman Val Demings has always been a huge part of my personal and professional development. She has been a wonderful mentor, sorority sister (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated) and friend throughout the years. To say that she is a continuous force that has “shaped me to my purpose” is an understatement. True blessing indeed!

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