A lifelong resident of Fort Worth, John Robinson graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He became a certified public accountant and worked in public accounting before joining the Carter foundation as controller in 1980. He was named executive vice president, grant administration in 1997.
During the past 15 years, the foundation has made charitable gifts in excess of $275 million. Many of these grants have gone to improving the condition of at-risk children in the areas of education, health and social service.
Robinson also is a trustee of the Amon G. Carter Star-Telegram Employees Fund and president of the Boy Scout Foundation. He is a community adviser to the Junior League of Fort Worth and a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He also has served on the boards of the Fort Worth Club and Ridglea Country Club, was board chairman for Carter BloodCare, president of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, and chairman of the 2002 strategic plan for Downtown Fort Worth Inc. Other past board service includes the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County, Rotary Club of Fort Worth and Exchange Club of Fort Worth.