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Command Sergeant Major (R) D. Wayne Robinson

Education Advocate and Former CEO of Student Veterans of America

Wayne Robinson is a powerful leader for the new veterans movement who served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, rising to the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Robinson started his career in artillery and was twice a member of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (Delta Force) where he served as an Operations Sergeant. After completing his bachelor’s degree while on active duty, he enrolled in New York University to prepare for an MBA. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, becoming the first senior enlisted (E-9) to do so. 

While at Booth, Robinson led presentations in the Global New Venture Challenge Business competition. After placing first they continued on to build a company in Silicon Valley to develop a wireless device that identifies and treats sleep apnea. In 2015 they won FDA approval to begin clinical testing. Upon graduation he headed to Wall Street where he joined a hedge fund and rose to lead the New Business Development division. After seeing veterans struggle in the education and employment realm of transition, he accepted a position to serve as president and CEO of Student Veterans of America. During his tenure the organization made major infrastructure investments, revenue doubled and chapters increased by 45 percent. Robinson has served as a board member for Chicago Jesuit Academy and currently serves on the Committee on Education appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.