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Robin Lavin


The Osa Foundation

Robin Lavin is the founder and President of The Osa Foundation, a foundation focused on improving opportunities for Chicago’s youth through education and career preparation.

Ms. Lavin takes an active role in the philanthropic community, serving as a board member and adviser to numerous non-profit organizations, as well as playing a leadership role in funder collaboratives. Robin serves on the board of directors of One Million Degrees, and Braven (Chicago).  She is also on the Advisory Council of Embarc and serves on the Civic and Business Advisory Council for the Healthy Schools Campaign’s Change for Good. Additionally, Ms. Lavin is the co-chair of the Progressive Pathways Fund of the Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance.

Prior to founding The Osa Foundation, Ms. Lavin’s professional experience was in the financial services industry in the U.S. and London. She began her career at the New York City-based money management firm, Jennison Associates, and moved on to work in cash management for both Maryland National Bank and Bank of America. Ms. Lavin later joined Dun and Bradstreet in NYC and London, where she managed internal treasury activities and then directed the marketing of international credit services in Europe.

Robin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from American University. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Jack, and enjoys spending time with her three adult children.

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