Inner Circle Q&A
What book have you given or recommended the most?
Lately, I have one of the greatest gifts each night – having my son read to me from one of his favorite books. It is a nice respite from reading policy positions and legislative proposals during the day. I’d recommend it to anyone.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
How would you describe your leadership style?
Collaborative and Purposeful
What are some industry trends that have an impact on your role as a leader?
Technology is consistently evolving and emerging. Keeping up with these changes and making sure we have an environment that helps foster that growth rather than bind it with outdated regulations is essential to keeping Colorado attractive for start-ups and attractive for investment from large providers.
Roberta Robinette holds more than 20 years of government affairs and telecommunications industry experience in developing and executing government strategies for large corporations, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Roberta leads AT&T’s legislative and community affairs in Colorado and supports new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. With 4000 employees in Colorado, she represents AT&T’s interests by collaborating with community leaders, policy makers, and local and regional business professionals to connect people with technology everywhere they live and work.
In 2014, she helped promote broadband deployment throughout the state by leading a coalition of competing telecommunication firms and consumer groups to develop a unified message for telecommunications reform. This effort created some of the first modernization laws created for the state in over 20 years.
As a Colorado state lobbyist for RKR Consulting from 2001 to 2014, Roberta spearheaded client legislative campaigns across health care, tax, business, telecommunications, fire safety, higher education, K-12 public education, criminal justice and environmental domains. She was instrumental in creating and maintaining a statewide interoperability radio system. She successfully drove the passage of major public pension reform, which is now modeled across the country.
A champion for business interest and sound policy for the state, Roberta currently serves on multiple boards including CO Association of Commerce and Industry, CO Broadband Deployment Board, CO Succeeds Board of Trustees, CO Technology Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 she was named a Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business Finalist for her work in Technology and Telecom
A Colorado native, Roberta was born in Pueblo and has lived in Colorado her entire life with her husband and son. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.