Please join the CMCP Board and Staff in welcoming CMCP’s new Executive Director Robert White!
Robert takes the helm from outgoing Executive Director Marci Rubin, who has led CMCP through a 5-1/2 year journey of growth - one that strengthened & amplified CMCP's impact and influence throughout California and as a national legal diversity leader.
Robert brings to CMCP both large law firm and corporate legal experience, as an associate at Jackson Tufts Cole & Black and then Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo. Immediately prior to joining CMCP, he was Director of Alumni Career Services at Berkeley Law. "Robert has the passion and commitment to diversity, a strong background working with law students, young lawyers and legal leaders in law firms and corporations, and the energy to build on this great CMCP foundation," said Board Co-Chair Dale Lum. "He is well-positioned to help CMCP have an ever greater impact in achieving diversity & inclusion at all levels within law firms & corporate law departments."
Board Co-Chair Mike Bennett adds, "With respect and gratitude, we acknowledge Marci’s leadership, hard work and commitment to diversity. At the Board's request, Marci will remain at CMCP for the next three months working with Robert to facilitate a smooth transition, complete some exciting new CMCP projects, and ensure a successful 2015 Annual Business Conference. We remain committed to CMCP's mission and the open, inclusive CMCP culture Marci nurtured, and to building on Marci’s legacy."
"This is the perfect time for a new Executive Director to come into CMCP with a long-term view and guide the organization to the next stage. Robert is the perfect person to fill that role," commented Marci. "I hope to see all our great CMCP members at this year's conference to celebrate all we've achieved over the past few years & to give a strong welcome to CMCP's new Executive Director. "
In his new role, Robert expressed that "CMCP has been iconic in its ability to provide an inclusive and welcoming space for attorneys of all backgrounds while projecting a significant voice in the statewide, and even nationwide, discussion of initiatives to drive diversity and inclusion. I look forward to working with our board and constituency to continue that legacy, provide strategic direction and "move the needle” on increasing access to business and career advancement opportunities for attorneys of color.”
All of us at CMCP appreciate and value the continued involvement and support of our members, friends and diversity partners during this transition. We are confident Robert will build and nurture CMCP's existing relationships, and with excitement we anticipate the new heights to which he will lead CMCP.