As she was playing with her radio dial 15 years ago, Robin Ann Philips came across WFUV. It seems like fate that now, after years of being a devoted listener, she joins the WFUV team as the Director of Development.
Robin takes on her role with excitement and passion. "I'm a longtime fan of the station, and I feel it's extraordinary that I now get to help raise funds for something I care so deeply about," she says. As the Director of Development, Robin secures major gifts from individual donors, foundations, and companies. She coordinates WFUV's Annual Gala and also acts as liaison between WFUV and Fordham University.
Although she started her professional career as a lawyer practicing in New York, she switched to professional fundraising after five years and has been dedicated to it for more than twenty years. She was the national director of planned giving at the American Jewish Committee, the director of individual giving at Lighthouse International, director of planned giving at the Juvenile Diabetes Research and manager of planned giving at New York University Medical Center.
Robin loves living in her Hastings home on the Hudson River, which was a church before being converted into a private home. She has three daughters, two out of school and one entering her senior year at Oberlin. She also has two stepchildren with her husband Salem Katsh, an intellectual property lawyer. Robin is a devoted yoga practitioner but also loves to read, cook and listen to music, especially live music. Her favorite artist changes from time to time but as of now, she is a huge fan of Ray LaMontagne.