Memphis City Council
First 8 Memphis Board
City Council Vice Chairwoman Patrice Jordan Robinson was elected to the Memphis City Council in November 2015. A former Memphis City/Shelby County Schools Board of Education Commissioner and Board President in 2004 and 2007, Robinson was elected in 2000 and served until August 2013. As a Board member, she distinguished herself by chairing the Policy, Personnel, Audit, and Capital Improvements Committees, as well as an active participant on the Prevailing Wages Commission. While serving on the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Board of Directors, Robinson also served as the MCS Board representative on the 2010-2011 Tennessee Legislative Network as the President, which is composed of school board members statewide who set the legislative agenda for the Tennessee School Boards Association. With more than 900 School Board members in the state of Tennessee, Robinson is one of approximately 50 board members that have earned the designation as a Master School Boardsman in Tennessee.
She has 30-plus years of professional experience in Human Resources, Training and Development, Counseling, Job Development and Grant Writing. Robinson is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She retired as a Supervisor, Assessment & Development, at Memphis Light Gas and Water Division.
Robinson earned a Master of Science degree in Technological and Adult Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management and Industrial Relations, from Memphis State University.
In May of 2006, she was a graduate of Leadership Memphis and in 2010, a graduate of the Memphis Leadership Academy. Robinson has served as secretary-treasurer of the West Tennessee Technical and Adult Education Society, a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, the American Society for Training and Development, on the Board of Directors of Jobs for Stars, Memphis in May, Hands Across Memphis, Inc. and served as the Education Chair of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Memphis Weekend Academy and Paula Ratchford Ministries. Robinson is the President of the Valleywood Homeowners Association, former correspondence secretary for the Memphis (TN) Chapter, The Links, Inc., Director of the Women’s Ministry at Faith Temple Ministries C.O.G.I.C., member of the NAACP Memphis Chapter, member of the National Council of Negro Women, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
During her time on the Council, Vice Chairwoman Robinson co-sponsored the Pre-K Resolution in Memphis with Chairman Kemp Conrad, worked to re-establish the Greater Whitehaven Economic Redevelopment Corporation, initiated the MLGW Share the Pennies Initiative, and created the Weatherization Task Force.
Vice Chairwoman Robinson serves as the Chair of the MLGW (Memphis Light, Gas & Water) Committee, the Vice-Chair of & Environment Committee, and the Vice-Chair of Planning and Zoning Committee. Councilwoman Robinson also serves as the Liaison of The Healthcare Oversight Board and the Memphis Light Gas & Water Board.
Robinson is married to Jackie Robinson and they have three adult children, Gina, “Jaee,” and Jackie “Jordan” II, two granddaughters, Demetria and Raya, and two great-grandchildren, Madilyn and Ayden.