Robin Carlin, Founder | Principal Consultant  
Rustbelt HR
  • Owner/principal consultant of Rustbelt HR, which she founded after holding a succession of leadership roles in operations and human resources  

  • First female Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission overseeing a $300 million budget

  • Leadership team in 2013-2014 to secure one billion dollars in bond financing appearing before all three rating agencies (Moody, Standard & Poor, Fitch) 

  • Led significant operational change at the Ohio Veterans Home overseeing a $61 million budget and 900+ employees  

  • Represented management as chief negotiator in public sector collective bargaining

  • Experienced management consultant working with private, nonprofit and public employers

  • Ohio University faculty member teaching courses in Executive Education, Human Resource Management, Culture and Workplace Dispute Resolution.

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Background & Experience

Education & Certifications

  • B.A. in Economics, Ohio University

  • Masters in Public Administration, Ohio University

  • Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR) certificate 

  • Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (C-SHRM)

  • National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

  • Rocky River Chamber of Commerce

  • Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE)

  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (NPELRA) 

Professional Memberships

Community Involvement

  • Business Ambassador, Great Lakes Science Center 

  • Member, Playhouse Square Leading Ladies

  • President, Parents and Teachers Helping Students (PATHS)

After spending more than 5 years leading organizations and 15 in senior-level human resource leadership roles, I realized what I enjoy the most about my profession is helping employers "fix" things - finding solutions.


Maybe it's not that your process is broken, maybe you just need some tweaking or a good sounding board.


I know firsthand the difference between a performer and a non-performer and whether you can turn the employee around. And the proper steps to take if you can't.


I understand that when a process is not working, it's often a people issue or a communication issue (which, let's face it, is a people issue as well).

Together, we can work to get the most out of your employees, be consistent in your policies and procedures, and create an atmosphere where both your employees and your organization can grow.

Rustbelt HR, LLC is a Cleveland-based business consulting company helping organizations solve their day-to-day human resource challenges as well as strategically plan for future HR needs. Our focus is on HR strategy, education and compliance.

We're proud of being a part of the Rustbelt area - Northern Ohio is vibrant, innovative, filled with cultural and financial opportunities.  Our community is moving forward economically and it shows. 


At Rustbelt HR, our focus is helping those businesses and organizations that are contributing to our area's revival.