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Gov. Brian Kemp appoints first Black woman to lead Georgia Revenue


This week, Gov. Brian Kemp tapped Robyn Crittenden to be the new state Revenue Commissioner, making her the first African-American to run the Department of Revenue. Crittenden has served as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, which runs several social service programs in the state of Georgia. She briefly served as Secretary of State after Kemp resigned the role following his win in the gubernatorial election in 2018.

Robyn’s role as State Revenue Commissioner becomes effective July 1, 2021. Per the agency press release, she is charged with managing the department’s continued efforts to create a pro-jobs, pro-business environment.

Prior to her tenure at DHS, Crittenden served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. She also served as General Counsel at Morehouse College, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Georgia Student Finance Commission and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs-Contracts for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. She was also an Assistant County Attorney in DeKalb County and an Associate at the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy.

Crittenden received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Law.


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