Bio


John Robichaux is the inaugural Director of Education at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI).

John is an award-winning executive and educator, with 25+ years’ experience in executive, NGO, and education leadership. Prior to his current role, John served in senior leadership positions at Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Universities, as well as consultant and advisor to 200+ organizations worldwide-- in industry, government, and philanthropy-- in the areas of executive leadership, strategy, organizational design, change leadership, and social impact. John also founded and co-directed Price House, a large international NGO serving refugees, immigrants, political asylum seekers, and their families.

Within higher education, John is widely recognized as the only active administrator to have held leadership positions at three "Ivy Plus" universities in Lifelong Learning, Continuing and Professional Education, Summer Sessions, Pre-College (K-12) Programs, and Online Education-- and has served in strategic and leadership roles for every major North American professional association dedicated to them. In 2017, NAASS recognized John's innovation and impact on these fields, describing "The Robichaux Method" as "15 ideas that changed everything." He regularly consults for universities and other educational organizations in these arenas, with special emphasis on training new executives, strategic planning efforts, and change management. Outside these areas, John has also worked on university-wide initiatives in international education, global campus development, interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning, student affairs, religious life, and helped launch dozens of degree programs, research centers, and new schools and campuses.

Academically, John is a Harvard-educated, award-winning human rights scholar. He taught in the areas of International Relations, Political Science, Religious Studies, Ethics, and Anthropology at Harvard and Stanford for more than ten years before making the move to university administration full-time. From 2012 to 2017, he also held director and executive director roles overseeing Human Rights programs at Stanford and Columbia, and Columbia's Critical Issues in International Relations and United Nations Studies programs. He has taught coursework in the area of Leadership as well, and conducted research or taught in eight countries on four continents.


Some example partners John has worked with (public list): The United Nations, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Nike, LinkedIn, Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, the NFL, Johnson & Johnson, Salesforce, PBS, NPR, NASA, National Geographic, NYPD, the Miami Dolphins, NASCAR, Brooks Brothers, GoPro, United Way, YMCA, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, M.I.T., UC-Berkeley, Hong Kong University, University College London, Singapore University of Technology & Design, The University of California, California State University, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), New York City Public Schools, San Francisco Public Schools, Washington, DC Public Schools, Miami-Dade Public Schools, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (Washington, DC), Boys and Girls Club of America, Harlem Children’s Zone, American Friends Service Committee, US Conference of Bishops, Lutheran Refugee Services, National Conference for Community & Justice, Rotary International, the KIPP Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Malone Foundation, the U.S. State Department, among others.


John and his family have more than 90 years of combined service to Stanford. A native Louisiana Cajun, today he lives on Stanford's campus in Silicon Valley with his wife and daughter.