Ervin Robinson

Ervin Robinson

Ervin Robinson Associate Vice President, Community Corrections

"Mark Twain wrote that the two most important days in a person’s life is when they are born and when they discover why they were born. When I came to Safer I discovered why I was born. I have been placed in a position where I witness and can influence life changing experiences for people with criminal records every day."

Ervin Robinson joined Safer Foundation in 2009, bringing more than 30 years managerial and human resources experience, as well as front-end experience in law enforcement. His first role at Safer was as a Shift Supervisor at Crossroads Adult Transition Center, a community-based correctional facility. The next year he was promoted to Chief of Security, and in 2011, to his current position as Center Supervisor of Crossroads.

Prior to Safer and following his retirement from AT&T after 34 years, Ervin spent two years at the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. By providence, the home Ervin purchased when he moved to Las Vegas was near the Police Academy and he would watch the cadets run during their training. Ervin soon started running with them until a cadet joked, “Why don’t you just join us?”

He did and graduated at the top of his class. As a patrol officer with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Ervin was responsible for resolving several significant criminal cases. But he became frustrated with the revolving door of the criminal justice system. In 2008, he returned to Chicago for family reasons and was referred to Safer Foundation. His desire to have a real impact in stopping the revolving prison door and Safer Foundation’s effort to reduce recidivism was a natural fit.

Ervin’s management and HR skills have been key to his successful leadership at Crossroads. During his 34 years at AT&T, he held managerial roles in installation and maintenance, human resources and the Affirmative Action department, where he worked on the team that drafted the consent decree to end discrimination in Illinois Bell’s hiring practices

Additional highlights of his AT&T career include being part of the team in 1990 that engineered the NPA Split (numbering plan area) that allowed more than one area code to be used in a central office. As a result, Chicago was the first city to add additional area codes (773 and 708), increasing the number of available phone numbers for cellphones and land lines. This led to Ervin being promoted to Manager Technical Staff atBell Communications in Piscataway, NJ, where he was responsible for training all the Bell Operating Companies in the United States on how to increase the number of available phone numbers

Ervin returned to Chicago in 1993 as area manager of Ameritech’s Command Center, which was responsible for dispatching all of the technicians in the city of Chicago and surrounding area.

Ervin is a member of the American Correctional Association and the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. He serves as an Elder at Calvary Community Church in South Holland.

Ervin has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and studied theology at the Chicago Baptist Institute. He has received Certifications from the National Institute of Corrections

 
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