About Lamont Robinson Jr.
I am the son of public servants, a public school teacher and a City of Chicago Building inspector. I attended Clark Atlanta University where I received my Bachelor’s degree. I was the founder
and now serve as President Emeritus of the Young Entrepreneurs Club of the Atlanta University Center.
This experience fueled my interest to return home to Chicago where I got my MBA from National Lewis University and started a small business that would allow me to give back to my community. I chose insurance, one of the few industries that focus on helping people in crisis. In 2007, I opened an office to provide insurance to the residents of Bronzeville. In 2017, I opened a second office in Humboldt Park. Owning a small business on both the south and north side has taught me to be responsive to people with very different backgrounds and needs, and I also made the conscious choice to hire inexperienced staff members at $15 per hour because I believe that paying employees a living wage is the right thing to do.
I sit on the Board of Quad Communities Development Corporation, an organization formed in 2003 with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic strength of the south lakefront communities of North Kenwood, Oakland, Douglas and Grand Boulevard neighborhoods by driving economic development; fostering the improvement of neighborhood schools; and supporting and connecting organizations focused on workforce development, retail attraction/retention, and public safety. I’m also a member of the Urban League Metro Board and the Trinity United Church of Christ Credit Union Board.
Still, being a small business owner is only one part of my engagement with the community. I lead the Kappa Leadership Institute Chicago, a nonprofit that prepares African-American youth to go to college. Through this program, we send 30 young African-Americans to college per year. I am currently an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College where I teach courses on business ethics and entrepreneurship.My community service has also included working with elected officials. I was appointed by US Congressman Danny Davis to serve on his task force on mortgage fraud and predatory lending in disadvantaged communities. I was also appointed by former 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle to sit on the Hyde Park Special Service Area Commission.
I am a son, a brother, a mentor, an educator, an entrepreneur, and an adviser to many. I am prepared and excited to serve the residents of the 5th district as your next state representative.