Yaira A. Robinson, Associate Director, Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Yaira Amanda Robinson joined the staff in May 2008. Texas Interfaith Power and Light (TXIPL) is the environmental program of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy (TICPP), and is one of 40 state Interfaith Power and Light programs.

Yaira recently completed her Master’s in Theological Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is a 2012 GreenFaith Fellow, part of a national network of leaders from different faith traditions who are committed to caring for the environment. In 2012, Yaira became a member of the Siach network; the Siach program brings Jewish social justice and environmental leaders from the U.S., Europe, and Israel together for an annual conference and then ongoing connection and collaboration. In 2009, she participated in the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Fellowship Program, which brought twenty young-adult religious leaders from around the country together for three days of learning.

She is a Contributing Scholar for State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. In that space, she writes about both her work and her religious journey.

Yaira is a member of the Religion Communicators Council, and authored two of TICPP’s “Justice Frameworks” series:

·      “To Mend the World: A Justice Framework for Creation Care” and

·      The award-winning “Taste and See: A Justice Framework for Faith & Food

Yaira graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She worked some in the textbook publishing industry and some as a stay-at-home-mom before serving two Unitarian Universalist churches as Director of Religious Education from 2004-2009.

Yaira is an active member of Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin. She and her husband, a middle school principal, live in Cedar Park with their two boys; their one-eyed pug dog; two bearded dragons; a guinea pig; and an assortment of fish.

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Honest interfaith engagement and justice work are important parts of the connective, healing work so needed in the world right now, and any step taken in love—no matter how small—matters.