Robin Darden Thomas

Land Bank Program Director, in memoriam 1954-2020


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Focus areas: Land banks,

Robin Darden Thomas served as Interim County Treasurer and as Chief Deputy Treasurer of Cuyahoga County, where she was responsible for the collection of nearly $2 billion of taxes annually and the investment of Cuyahoga County’s $500 million portfolio.

Darden Thomas negotiated the first tax lien sale/purchase agreement in Cuyahoga County and was instrumental in establishing a funding mechanism for the county land bank. Prior to joining the Cuyahoga County Treasurer’s office, her public service experience included the coordination of property assessments and real estate taxation for the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s office. Robin received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

On June 4, 2020, Robin passed away unexpectedly. “Our entire organization is in mourning,” said Rich Cochran, president and CEO of Western Reserve Land Conservancy. “Robin was a tremendous colleague. She was always willing to dive right into a project and lead the team from start to finish. Robin leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of service and accomplishment.”