Robin Reynolds Wilt is a 41 year old Democrat, raised in Pittsford, New York. Born April 12, 1969, she now resides in Brighton with her husband and three children. In September, Robin will celebrate her 15th wedding anniversary with her husband, Nicholas. Together they have three children: Benjamin Harris (age 10), Samuel Taylor (age 9), and Gregory Thomas (age 5). Robin is an alumna of Dartmouth College (’91), where she studied government. She is an inductee of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
The second daughter of Caribbean-American parents who immigrated to the United States from Guyana, South America, Robin Reynolds Wilt was born in Paterson, NJ. Her parents, William and Evelyn Reynolds, arrived in the United States in 1966 with just $40 to their name. Through hard work and determination, William earned degrees at Drew University and then at University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY, to which he relocated his wife and their young family in the early 1970s. He was employed by Eastman Kodak Company for decades, during which time he and Evelyn would raise four daughters and a son at the home they built in Pittsford, NY: Wilma Elizabeth, Robin Roberta, Suzzanne Nicola, Evelyn Alicia and William Benjamin, III.
Early on, Robin learned the value of hard work from her parents, both Registered Nurses who trained both in Guyana and the United States. She always strove to take advantage of the opportunities afforded her by her parents’ decision to emigrate from their native country. She attended Pittsford-Mendon High School where, along with competing in Varsity Track & Field, she was a National Achievement Scholar and Urban League of Rochester Black Scholar. Upon graduation in 1987, she was also named a Kodak Scholar and awarded a scholarship for her academic achievement.
She attended Dartmouth College until 1991, where she studied Government. It was there that she and her husband, Nicholas Wilt, also a Pittsford-Mendon High School graduate, would cement a friendship begun in high school. At Dartmouth, she competed in rugby and helped her team achieve New England Rugby Football Union Collegiate and Ivy League championships in 1991.
After Dartmouth, Robin remained in New England and worked at National Quality Assurance, an ISO 9000 registrar in Boxborough, MA before relocating in 1994, with her then-fiancé, Nicholas, to Redmond, WA, in order to further his career in the high tech industry. There, Nicholas worked at Microsoft Corporation, and Robin was employed by the engineering consulting firm Golder & Associates, as well as Virtual Vision, Inc., a high tech startup. At the age of thirty, Robin temporarily left the paid workforce to raise her first child. She remained at home until her two older children, Benjamin and Samuel, both diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, were pre-school aged.
The Wilt family would move again in 2002, when Nicholas accepted a position with his current employer, NVIDIA Corporation. After living in Silicon Valley, CA for just one year, the family of four was overjoyed to once again call Rochester, NY home, when Nicholas was granted permission to telecommute in his capacity as software architect. They moved to their current home in Brighton, NY, in August, 2003, and welcomed their youngest child, Gregory a year after returning home.
Since 2004, Robin has been a NYS licensed real estate agent working in the Rochester area. She is currently an Associate Broker with Nothnagle REALTORS ® Brighton Office, and she is also a licensed real estate broker through her own limited liability company, Transcontinental Properties, LLC. Her experiences as a real estate broker have allowed her to interact with the community across a broad spectrum. Furthermore, as a small business owner, she is keenly aware of the economic impact that lack of common-sense policy can have on the engines of local economy.
In November 2004, tragedy struck the Wilt family when Robin’s only brother, a 2002 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, was severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Accompanied by her then-five month old son, Gregory, Robin travelled to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC to help care for her brother and to accompany him home to Rochester for Christmas, after over twenty corrective surgeries. In March of the following year, Robin would lose her father to a massive heart attack suffered while he accompanied her brother to Walter Reed for one of his final corrective surgeries. The series of experiences sobered her to the excessive costs of war and stiffened her resolve that the United States not engage in military adventurism, and instead use the military only as an option of last resort.
With her political science background and increasing concerns with the direction of the country, in 2006, Robin became re-engaged in political activism for the first time since college, when she joined a local MoveOn.org group in the Eastside suburbs of Rochester, NY, to help advocate for a renewal of the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation. Knowing too well the opportunity costs of military engagement, she also was active in grassroots organizations advocating for peace.
In 2008, Robin co-founded the Genesee Valley chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (http://www.pdagv.org), a grassroots organization dedicated to working inside and outside the Democratic Party to advance progressive causes. The organization continues to successfully advocate on the grassroots level for the implementation of progressive policies such as universal health care; ending the wars America is currently engaged in and redirecting the funding toward humanitarian needs at home and abroad; environmental sustainability; clean, fair, transparent elections; social and economic justice; and accountability.
Also in 2008, Robin joined the very broad-based and active Rochester chapter of Women for Obama, with whom she helped coordinate events including fundraisers at the Armory, Tribeca, a bowling alley (“Barack and Bowl”), and various house parties. Robin’s ties to Women for Obama continue to this day.
Throughout 2009, Robin remained active in the community, helping to organize numerous events to champion progressive causes through her role as Progressive Democrats of America’s Genesee Valley Chapter’s Lead, including: voter registration drives; town halls; candidate meet-and-greets; and petition drives. Her efforts were recognized by Metro Justice at their 2009 Annual Dinner. She is a member of the Town of Brighton Democratic Committee, and remains engaged politically, assisting with various electoral campaigns and educating the public on issues of social justice, all the while advocating on their behalf to their elected officials.