Expanding Our Roots: Frankie Robertson
Expanding Our Roots: Global Conversations With 821 is an online interview series hosted by The 821 Project. The purpose of the series is to showcase the cultural diversity, global connections and social consciousness of the people of southeast Louisiana as well as those who work to expand southeast Louisiana’s roots to the world through works that promote social justice and global citizenship.
The series presents community organizers, community leaders and residents living in southeast Louisiana who come from different parts of the world or who work to promote global citizenship, multiculturalism and social justice in our regional community.
This interview is with Frankie Robertson. Frankie Robertson has worked in public administration for more than two decades. Her maternal and child health work spans over a decade and began as the state director of the Louisiana Chapter of March of Dimes. During her tenure as state director, her talented team partnered with key stakeholders on successful statewide initiatives such as the 39 Weeks Initiative, Group Prenatal Care, Baby and Me Tobacco Free, and Go the Full 40.
Frankie also served as Regional Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at March of Dimes.Frankie completed her undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University and received a Masters of Public Administration from the Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University. She is also an alumna of Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana. She serves on the board of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, Louisiana Budget Project, Saul’s Light Foundation, and is a member of the Woman’s Hospital NICU Parents Advisory Committee, and the LA Perinatal Quality Collaborative Advocacy and Policy Subcommittee. She is a member of Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, a founding member of the Baton Rouge Chapter of Moms of Black Boys United, a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, has served as a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and served on the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. Frankie was featured in Ebony Magazine as a Young Leader of the Future, is a 40 under 40 honoree of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, and also received recognition from Girls and Guys Rock Louisiana.
Frankie is the Founder and President of The Amandla Group, a social justice consulting firm dismantling structural barriers by focusing on the social and political determinants of health through policy, research and advocacy.