Vilma Pamilla Robinson
Assistant Regional Director
U.S. Department of Commerce
Minority Business Development Agency
Vilma Pamilla Robinson was a native of Georgetown, Guyana. A graduate of St. Joseph’s Convent in Georgetown, she worked for the Ministry of Education for several years. In 1963, she immigrated to the United States. She received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Hunter College in 1975. She later received her master’s degree in social sciences from New York University in 1982.
In 2006, Mrs. Robinson retired from her position as a business development officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency, where she had been a devoted employee for 27 years. Mrs. Robinson was the first MEDWeek coordinator for the MBDA–NY Regional Office (1985). She later served as MEDWeek coordinator from 1986-1988.
She was actively involved with the National Minority Business Council, Inc. where she worked with the Women’s Division. Pamilla was the wife of John F. Robinson, co-founder, president and CEO of the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum.
Mrs. Robinson passed in May 2017.
We are pleased to issue the first Villa Pamilla Robinson Award this year to an outstanding advocate of minority business development.