Senior Fellow

About Robin Carnahan

Robin Carnahan is a Senior Director at the global strategy firm Albright Stonebridge Group. She was elected Secretary of State of Missouri in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. In that role she emerged as a national leader in pioneering the use of innovative technology to save money and improve government service delivery for businesses and citizens. Prior to taking office, Carnahan advised businesses on international trade and finance issues, served as an executive at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and practiced corporate law.

Carnahan has worked extensively on elections and governance issues both in the United States and abroad. She helped re-write election laws and train civic activists in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall and since then has led international election observer delegations and worked with civic groups and government agencies in more than a dozen countries throughout Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Carnahan is an inaugural member of the Aspen Institute Rodel Fellows in Public Leadership Program and a 2013 Fellow at the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics. She frequently lectures and speaks on a variety of government policy issues ranging from civic technology and innovation to election administration and financial regulatory reform.

Carnahan also serves on the Board of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which promotes democracy and civil society programs in over 80 countries and advises a number of civic technology companies.

She earned her BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from William Jewell College, and her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.