Robyn Lingo brings almost 15 years of youth empowerment, nonprofit management, curriculum development, and youth facilitation experience to her role as director for Mikva Challenge DC. A native of the Washington, DC, area, Lingo is passionate about providing authentic spaces for DC youth to investigate, affect, and change the world around them. Working locally, Lingo has served as the deputy director at For Love of Children (FLOC), as the program director of the DC office of The Posse Foundation, and as an academic case manager with Project Northstar. Through her work with the KIPP Foundation and the Children’s Defense Fund, she has also worked on a national scale providing curriculum, resources, training, and support to local affiliates to develop and improve their educational and youth programming. Lingo earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in American studies and a master’s in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in social justice education.