SARASOTA — The Argus Foundation announced it has hired a new executive director, and it didn't have to look far. Christine Robinson, who is serving her final two years on the Sarasota County Commission, was unanimously chosen by the board of directors to replace Kerry Kirschner, who is retiring.
In a statement, the organization said Robinson will assume the role in January, and the job will provide her with the flexibility to perform her duties as a county commissioner.
"Christine has earned the respect of the community through her work in the State Attorney's office, private law practice, and service on the County Commission," says Argus President Bill Merrill, in the statement. "She is well known and respected, not only in Sarasota, but throughout Florida. We know she will lead Argus to the next level of community engagement.”
Robinson holds a law degree from the University of Miami and served as an assistant state attorney in the 11th Judicial Circuit from 1999 to 2001, and in the 12th Judicial Circuit from 2001 to 2004, where she became supervisor of the South County State Attorney's Office. She began a private practice in 2004 in Venice, where she specializes in small businesses and family law.
“I am very eager to continue my service to our community by working for a prestigious nonprofit," Robinson says in the statement. " I have long appreciated the community work and conversation that Argus has brought forward. I look forward to helping make Sarasota a better place for all of us.”
The Argus Foundation is a Sarasota nonprofit organization that seeks to bring together business leaders to leverage their talents to help the community and help bring the private and public sectors together.