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November 10, 2023

City of Worcester names first Black director of veterans services

PHOTO | Courtesy of City of Worcester Joe Robinson, director of veteran services for the City of Worcester

The City of Worcester has named Joe Robinson as director of veterans services, an office in the City’s Department of Health & Human Services. Robinson is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and will be the first Black man to hold the position in Worcester.

“Working to serve veterans is not only a passion of mine but it’s an honor to serve those who have laid it all on the line in service of our country,” Robinson said in a Thursday press release from the office of City Manager Eric Batista. “It is our responsibility to provide our veterans with the services they need to help them navigate the challenges of life. I look forward to collaborating with Commissioner of Health & Human Services Dr. Matilde Castiel as we continue to serve veterans in the City of Worcester.”

Robinson served in the Marine Corps from 1990 to 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University and an MBA and doctorate in executive leadership from Liberty University in Virginia. He moved to Worcester in 2016.

Robinson was most recently a coordinator veteran services for the state agency  MassHire and oversaw programming for 22 cities and towns on the South Shore.

“Dr. Robinson will lead our Veterans Service Division with empathy, compassion, and a fierce advocacy for veterans,” Batista said in the press release. “With more than 20 years of experience of providing veterans services, Dr. Robinson knows firsthand the needs and challenges our veterans face on a daily basis. We are excited for him to take on this position and serve the City of Worcester.” 

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January 17, 2024
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