Robin Selwitz

Contributing Fellow
D.C. Policy Center

Robin is a dedicated researcher and problem solver with a lifelong aspiration to advocate for underserved populations. She is a National Urban Fellow, class of 2018. Through the National Urban Fellows program, she worked as a research fellow for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) in D.C. Her research focuses on barriers and employment outcomes of D.C.’s returning citizen population as well as the rise of opioid addiction in D.C.

Prior to joining National Urban Fellows, she worked for Dimagi, a mobile healthcare technology company in Cambridge Massachusetts. She worked with users around the world by training and teaching them on technology used to diagnose and prevent disease, provide access to health care resources, and offer patient management in developing countries. She is passionate about policy, public health, and politics.

Robin is a proud alumna of Framingham State University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She graduated with her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of International and Public Affairs in July of 2018. Her capstone research project, “Breaking Down Barriers: Exploring Solutions to Obtaining and Retaining Employment for Returning Citizens in Our Nation’s Capital,” won the Philip J. Rutledge Award for Outstanding Capstone Achievement.

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Written By Robin Selwitz

Obstacles to employment for returning citizens in D.C.

At least 67,000 D.C. residents—about 10 percent of the population[1]—are estimated to have a criminal conviction record, [2] and approximately 2,800 are released from incarceration annually. Even after these returning citizens are released from prison,[3] however, the consequences of their crimes continue. These former offenders continue to face hardships and challenges upon…

August 17, 2018 | Robin Selwitz