State Rep. Robin Shackleford

An Indianapolis native, State Representative Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) has dedicated her life to the principles of servant leadership. She has extensive experience in government, community and diversity affairs coupled with a strong background in project management, supervision, training and budgeting.

First elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012, Shackleford represents the citizens of Indiana House District 98 and serves as ranking minority member of the Public Health Committee. She is also on the Courts and Criminal Code Committee as well as the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

Shackleford is also the current chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus and vice-president of the Women’s POWER Caucus.

Due to her passion for project management and transformational travel experiences, Shackleford currently serves as an independent travel consultant to expose clients to vast and stunning locales around the world.

She previously served as a project manager for both Crowe Horwath and Engaging Solutions consulting firms. In these roles, Shackleford managed projects, enhanced client relationships, improved staff development and increased sales.

Prior to consulting, her passion for public service was at the forefront while employed in the office of Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson as the Diversity Affairs Director. In this role, she was responsible for raising and maintaining awareness of diversity matters and for promoting a broad range of activities to help the city achieve greater diversity.

With a career rooted in government affairs, Shackleford has worked as a policy and research specialist for the Indiana Health Care Association, where she developed public policy. Additionally, she gleaned extensive experience about issues impacting the Indiana General Assembly through positions she has held with the Indiana Department of Commerce, the Clerk of the Supreme and Appellate Courts, and the Indiana House of Representatives.

Shackleford is a graduate of Indiana University and IUPUI, having earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public affairs because of her dedication to community growth and education. She served as president of the Indiana University Neal Marshall Indianapolis Alumni Chapter and board member for Indy Reads. She currently serves as board President for the Pathway Resource Center.

Other civic involvement includes National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter; Eastern Star Church; National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program; Concerned Clergy; and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Legislative Achievements

During her time in the legislature, State Rep. Robin Shackleford has fought for measures to improve the health of Hoosiers. In 2014, she spearheaded the launch of Indiana’s telemedicine pilot program. It allows patients to meet with their doctors through the Internet, improving the state’s overall health and lowering the cost of care. She has also spent the last four years working to develop a healthy food financing committee. Her efforts have led to the implementation of multiple legislative studies and the creation of a coalition of health organizations working to ensure food insecure Hoosiers gain access to nutritious dietary options.

  • Women in Government honoree; 2018 - Governing Institute
  • Crystal Gavel Award; 2017 - National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Legislator of the Year; 2018 - IN Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Capitol Caregiver; 2017 - AARP Indiana
  • Touchstone Award; 2019 - Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis
  • William "Bill" Crawford Minority Health Power Award; 2019 - Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC)
  • Legislator of the Year; 2019 - National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Drum Major for Political and Social Justice; 2019 - Baptist Minister Alliance
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