Keenya_new-1Keenya Robertson has dedicated her professional career to advocating for fair housing and other civil rights. She is President & CEO of Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE, Inc.), a 27-year-old, private, Florida non-profit fair housing organization whose mission is to fight housing discrimination in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and to promote equal housing opportunities throughout Florida. Under her leadership, which began January 2007, the agency has recovered approximately $4 million dollars as a result of its fair housing enforcement efforts.

From 1998 to 2007, Mrs. Robertson served as HOPE’s Vice President of Fair Housing Programs, overseeing all education, outreach, and enforcement activities conducted by the agency. She developed the curriculum for and taught a Fair Housing & Fair Lending course at Miami-Dade College, as part of Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Finance Program. Prior to her tenure at HOPE, Mrs. Robertson was a Staff Attorney for the Georgia Advocacy Office’s Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) Program where she represented the interests of persons with disabilities in guardianship, housing, employment, public accommodation, and entitlement issues. She also worked for Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. in Atlanta as the Project Director & Attorney for their Southern Regional Fair Housing Organizing Project that resulted in the creation of four new private enforcement programs in previously underserved areas of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Georgia.

Mrs. Robertson has made guest appearances as a fair housing expert on MSNBC, local news stations, and local television programs such as NBC’s South Florida Today and Pulse on WBPT. In 2010, she selected by Success South Florida Magazine as one of South Florida’s Top 25 Most Distinguished & Influential Black Women of 2010 and received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the Florida State University Black Alumni Association.

Mrs. Robertson graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and from the Louisiana State University Law Center with the degree of Juris Doctor.