Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
May Robinson, the Director of Community Engagement at Mission Partners, leads Mission Partners’ marketing and community engagement activities, including the firm’s Race and Communication training and educational programming. She leverages more than fifteen years of client service experience; more than a decade of public relations, marketing, and event planning experience; and a lifelong commitment to intercultural education.
May was born in the Philippines, grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, lived in Baltimore for six years, and then San Diego for seven years before returning to Montgomery County in 2019. As a multiracial immigrant and first-generation college student with bicoastal experiences, she brings a unique perspective through her lived experiences and is passionate about advancing racial equity through a humanistic approach that centers on anti-Black racism. May piloted an award-winning program for Black and Brown high school students in San Diego to receive an introductory public relations education through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s San Diego chapter. She currently serves on the Coordinating Committee for the Montgomery County Racial Equity (MORE) Network and is a member of the Black and Brown Coalition for Academic Equity and Excellence and Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR).
Prior to Mission Partners, May worked at Dermacare San Diego as the Marketing Director, leading on digital, sales, and event marketing, driving the cosmetic medical practice to become recognized in the Top 100 of more than 40,000 practices of its kind. Previously, she spearheaded the development of a new social media department at Rosemont Media, a digital ad agency, and worked as a publicist at Beck Ellman Heald, a public relations firm specializing in nonprofit media relations.
A self-proclaimed lover of learning, May was accepted into the Global Leadership and Change PhD program at Pepperdine University. Her research interests include multiracial identity and intercultural communication, specifically focusing on the Filipino American (Fil-Am) Mestiza identity and anti-Black racism in the United States. She earned her Bachelor’s in Mass Communication: Public Relations and Advertising from Towson University and her Master’s in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. May is also an adjunct communications professor at Towson University.