Robert Wilkins graduated cum laude in 1986 with
a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering.
In 1989, he received a J.D. from Harvard Law
After graduation, Robert joined the Public
Defender Service for the District of Columbia.
Robert played a key role in establishing the
National Museum of African American History and
Culture Plan for Action Presidential Commission,
as well as chairing the Site and Building
His work on the Commission led to the passage
of Public Law No. 108-184, which authorized the
creation of the National Museum of African
American History and Culture to be located on or
adjacent to the National Mall as a part of the
Smithsonian. He lives and works in Washington,