Allison L. Robinson, PhD

Dr. Allison Robinson is a consultant in The Alexander Group’s Houston office, utilizing her years of research, communication and programmatic management experience in higher education to identify top-tier talent for our clients. She has a strong connection to the not-for-profit sector and has identified CEOs for local and national organizations.

Prior to joining The Alexander Group, Dr. Robinson served as an adjunct professor at University of Houston and Concordia University Texas.

"When I start a search, whether through research or recruiting, I feel like a member of our client’s team because I am truly invested in their success."


  • University of Houston

    Doctor of Philosophy, History

  • Texas State University

    Master Degree, History

  • Concordia University, Texas

    Bachelors, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Industry Experience

Legal and Professional Services
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Professional Services

What do you think differentiates The Alexander Group from other executive search firms?

We are client-focused more than we are bottom-line focused. We want to build long-term relationships with our clients, and our 35 years in business reflect that we are meeting that goal.

What’s the highest compliment a client can give you?

“You have saved our organization.” “How do we decide between two outstanding candidates?” “You are more than a recruiter—you are an important part of our team.”

What do you think is the most difficult part of executive search, and how do you respond to it?

In starting a search, you don’t know if you will have to make 30 calls or 300 calls to identify the perfect candidate. By the time companies call us, they are in a hurry. We must be strategic and innovative while being nimble and moving with alacrity.

What do you love about your work?

I love the variety of my practice, including learning about new industries, new clients and the management teams that make our clients special. I also like the travel, which is good because I flew 225,000 miles last year.

Recent Articles

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