Katrina Robinson Formally Announced Intention to Run for Tennessee District 33 State Senate Seat at Campaign Kickoff Event Saturday, January 27

January 30, 2018

MEMPHIS, TENN., January 29, 2018 – Local entrepreneur and businesswoman, Katrina Robinson formally announced her candidacy for Tennessee Senate District 33 Saturday, January 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Health Care Institute in Memphis, TN. Over 300 Memphis-residents and campaign supporters helped kick off the new campaign and learn more about Robinson’s platform where she is looking forward to representing her friends and neighbors and making positive changes focusing on education, jobs, and healthcare. Interested parties can learn more about Robinson’s campaign by visiting the campaign website at https://votekatrinarobinson.com/.

 Katrina is a fresh face and a fresh start for the political realm,” said Kristal Knight, Executive Director of Emerge Tennessee.

As an entrepreneur who graduated from Whitehaven High School, Robinson has made her own way with sheer determination, dedication, and drive and is known for “bringing her own seat to the table.”

Utilizing that drive and determination, Robinson expects be a strong voice for her District 33 constituents in Nashville.

“We greatly enjoyed seeing the District 33 residents this Saturday to learn more about our vision for my service to you as your next State Senator,” stated Katrina Robinson, Tennessee Senate District 33 candidate. “I am so grateful for the support and energy my volunteers have given into this kickoff event and campaign, and am excited for the great work to come.”

Robinson is a strong voice, advocate, and champion for Memphians as she founded the Healthcare Institute and The Sweet Jar Foundation. Robinson is in a number of community service initiatives with Shelby County Schools and is a member of the Shelby County Schools Career and Technical Education Strategic Plan Design Board. She is also a member of the Shelby County Ethics Commission, Tennessee State Senator Military Academy Nomination Board and an active Leadership Memphis Executive. Katrina has been recognized as 2017 Top 40 Under 40 (Memphis Business Journal), 2016 Top 10 Memphian (Chamber of Commerce), 2016 Woman of Excellence (TSD), Propel Program Graduate (City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity), Ascend Program Appointee (Chamber Chairman’s Circle).

Robinson is focusing on the areas of education, jobs, healthcare and economic development and infrastructure for her campaign. She believes all children deserve a quality education no matter where they live or what their family circumstances are. She also believes Memphians deserve access to job opportunities that pay livable wages and Memphians must also support the rights of the working man and woman. In the area of healthcare, Robinson supports improved access to healthcare facilities and medical coverage for all citizens and we must also ensure that seniors are able to enjoy their golden years without worries about healthcare costs. In the area of economic development and infrastructure, Robinson supports small businesses and developing city infrastructure that supports economic sustainability and job expansion.

Donations may be made in person or online at https://votekatrinarobinson.com/.

Kickoff Event Campaign Video: https://youtu.be/ctrTbUz3510

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/votekatrinarobinson

Official Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/katrinafortn

Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/votekatrinarobinson/

 About Katrina Robinson:

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Katrina Robinson is no stranger to the spirit of hustle. Growing up the youngest of her siblings, Katrina learned how to make her own path at an early age. She graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1998, the youngest in her class and went on to Xavier University in Louisiana in hot pursuit of a career as a plastic surgeon. Then life happened.

Katrina became a teenage mother and had to put her educational career on hold. In true resilient Katrina fashion, she shifted her focus to building her professional career. Having become a master at “bringing her own seat to the table”, she started a calculated ascent in the business world, enjoying a successful career in business sales for BellSouth, Konica Minolta, and FedEx. During this time, she also earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management from University of Memphis.

It was after closing a huge deal as a Strategic Accounts Director for a major gas company that Katrina found herself jobless and in need of a change. She made up her mind to return to her love of healthcare through a nursing education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing within one year from Union University – Germantown.

In her time as a registered nurse for Methodist Healthcare, Katrina developed a keen interest in clinical education and identified the need for more educational resources for individuals interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Through time spent mentoring young adults and providing guidance in career goals, she discovered that there were a number of individuals interested in educational programs in healthcare but often lacked the resources or funding. From this, her vision for The Healthcare Institute was born.

With no formal training or education in grant writing, Katrina wrote her own grant proposal and successfully secured a $1.6M grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This funding is used to provide scholarships for people like those she mentored who are looking for a jumpstart or second chance for their education and also to provide patient education to the elderly community. In 2017, Katrina’s institution became the only independently owned licensed nursing program in the state of Tennessee – a momentous achievement solely engineered by Katrina.

In addition to education, Katrina is a noted advocate for children. She just recently founded The Sweet Jar Foundation – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to ending child sexual abuse and molestation. Sweet Jar will provide resources for survivors of molestation as well as a platform for reformation of laws governing prosecution of offenders.

Katrina is a proponent of healthcare and educational equity, entrepreneurship and economic development in the Memphis Community. She has even passed on the entrepreneurial spirit to her children, Jaden and Amaya, who own Kool Kidz Sno Konez – a successful frozen treat company. They have most recently signed a partnership deal with the Memphis Grizzlies and have been recognized as 2017 Teen Entrepreneurs by Black Enterprise Magazine.

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