Director of Small Business Development
As director of small business development for Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Renata Robinson is primarily responsible for inclusive entrepreneurship efforts.
Prior to joining Greater Fort Wayne Inc., Renata was a print producer at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. Renata’s work spanned nonprofit and corporate clients: SF Asian Art Museum, Specialized Bicycles, ACE Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, and Sprint (NASCAR sponsorship). After 10 years in advertising, Renata shifted her focus to the local grassroots movement of urban agriculture and public-realm design. Among other projects, Renata managed the landscape installation and community development for Growing Home Community Garden, a partnership with Project Homeless Connect, Rebar, and Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association.
In 2011, Renata returned to her native Indiana roots, and is the sixth generation to live on her family’s Hoosier homestead farm. As executive director of Manchester Main Street, Renata was instrumental in North Manchester’s transformative revitalization efforts. Key town improvement projects include Riverfront Park, Discover North Manchester, Eel River Arts Festival, “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala, Preservation Awards, and the Community Trail Network.
Renata holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art from Tufts University and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Renata serves on Fort Wayne’s Artlink board, and enjoys landscaping, traveling, art collecting, competitive sports, and summertime.