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Jessica Robinson is a Co-Founder and Partner at Assembly Ventures. She is a mobility investor, entrepreneur, educator, and champion of Detroit.
As Co-Founder and Partner of Assembly Ventures, she invests in and strategically supports the entrepreneurs and mobility companies moving the Western world. She joined Assembly Ventures from her prior role establishing the Michigan Mobility Institute, an organization she co-founded to accelerate talent readiness for the mobility industry.
Jessica previously led the development of next-generation mobility efforts at Ford Smart Mobility where she was the Director of City Solutions, a team which supported go-to-market strategies for the company’s entire mobility portfolio. An early arrival to the new mobility industry, she was a key field leader at Zipcar, the world’s largest car sharing organization, where she held roles in growth, operations, and marketing across North America.
Her background in technology and innovation includes prior work at Techstars launching corporate startup accelerators with industry-leading partners like Target and Virgin Media. In 2020, Jessica was named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. She is an active startup mentor, advisor to the Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund at the University of Michigan, serves on the advisory board for the MS Robotics program at Wayne State University, and micro lender who invests in women entrepreneurs and business owners in Detroit.
Jessica served as a 2021 Detroit delegate to the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program, an initiative that brings together cross-sector leaders to drive new strategies for shared American prosperity. In recognition of her public-private work, she has also been named a Next City Vanguard, a competitive distinction for top young urban innovators working to make change in global cities. She also previously served as a Governor’s appointee to the State of Michigan’s Workforce Development Board representing mobility businesses.
Jessica graduated with highest honors from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in anthropology and brings an unexpected perspective to the challenges that fall at the intersection of mobility and technology.