About the Founder & President
Frankie Robertson has worked in public administration for more than two decades. Her maternal and child health work spans over a decade and began as the state director of the Louisiana Chapter of March of Dimes. During her tenure as state director, her talented team partnered with key stakeholders on successful statewide initiatives such as the 39 Weeks Initiative, Group Prenatal Care, Baby and Me Tobacco Free, and Go the Full 40.
Frankie also served as Regional Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at March of Dimes. She supported a talented team, contract lobbyists, and volunteers in LA, MS, AL, TN, FL, GA, NC, SC, and Puerto Rico. Key advocacy initiatives included maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity, health equity, workplace protections, paid leave, maternal mental health, protecting immunization laws, healthcare coverage, newborn screening, neonatal abstinence syndrome, substance use disorders, and smoking cessation.
Frankie has an unwavering and unapologetic commitment to social justice and equity. She is passionate about maternal mental health, addressing toxic stress, and experienced the premature birth of her daughter, Zoe Amandla, at 28 weeks gestation. She applies her experiences as an activist mom of a Black son and a preemie, coupled with training as a birth doula and education in structural racism, to advance policies to address the root causes of health inequities for Black birthing people.
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Frankie completed her undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University and received a Masters of Public Administration from the Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University. She is also an alumna of Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana. She serves on the board of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, Louisiana Budget Project, Saul’s Light Foundation, and is a member of the Woman’s Hospital NICU Parents Advisory Committee, and the LA Perinatal Quality Collaborative Advocacy and Policy Subcommittee. She is a member of Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change, a founding member of the Baton Rouge Chapter of Moms of Black Boys United, a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, has served as a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and served on the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board.
Frankie was featured in Ebony Magazine as a Young Leader of the Future, is a 40 under 40 honoree of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, and also received recognition from Girls and Guys Rock Louisiana.
Frankie is grateful for her supportive family, her husband and two children, a five-year-old son born full-term and a two-year-old daughter born three months prematurely.