Chandra M. Kilgriff


Chandra Kilgriff

Chandra M. Kilgriff

Chief Talent and Diversity Officer

Pronouns: she/her
Chandra Kilgriff


As Chief Talent and Diversity Officer, Chandra serves as a member of the firm’s core leadership team and provides strategic direction for all firm functions impacting talent, including professional development, human resources, and pro bono efforts. A dedicated advocate for inclusion in the legal profession, Chandra promotes diverse perspectives in all aspects of the firm’s talent management practices. Since 2015, she has spearheaded the implementation of Robins Kaplan’s innovative Leaders Engaged in the Advancement of Diversity (LEAD) initiative, empowering the firm’s leaders to take concrete steps to increase diversity and holding them accountable for their results.

Prior to joining Robins Kaplan, Chandra was a tax attorney at a national law firm, and she continues to represent low-income taxpayers and non-profit organizations in her pro bono practice. She holds a Juris Doctor and Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and was a 2014-2015 Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Chandra serves on the Boards of Directors of Minds Matter Twin Cities and American Model United Nations, and volunteers with The Arc Greater Twin Cities.

Recent News: 

2017 Diversity Leader Award
  • Recipient of the 2019 "Women in Business Award," Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (2019) 
  • Named a "Diversity Leader," Profiles in Diversity Journal (2017)
  • University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Policy Fellow (2014-2015)
  • Named a "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association. This recognition is given to attorneys who have provided more than 50 hours of pro bono representation in a single year. (2012-2014)
  • American Model United Nations, Treasurer of the Board (2010-Present); Board Member (2007-Present); Executive Committee Member (2004-2007)
  • Young Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Executive Committee Member (2013-2015)
  • Minds Matter of the Twin Cities, Secretary of the Board (2012-Present)
  • The Arc Greater Twin Cities, Resource Development Committee (2013-Present)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. magna cum laude (2007)
  • Georgetown University, M.P.P. (2007)
  • University of Illinois, B.A. summa cum laude (2002)
Professional Associations
  • Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • National Association for Law Placement
  • Twin Cities Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable
  • Professional Skills for Lawyers
    University of Minnesota Law School (November 22, 2019) 
  • Integrating Diversity Inclusion Into the Business
    Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Denver, CO (July 29, 2019)
  • Defining and Promoting Inclusion in the Legal Profession
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 5, 2019)
  • Employment Law Traps in Diversity Programs
    National Association for Law Placement, Hollywood Florida (April 25, 2018)
  • Employment of People with Disabilities
    Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 23, 2016)
  • Disciplining Harassment and Promoting Diversity
    Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 11, 2016)
  • Diversity in the Practice of Law Effecting Change
    Thomson Reuters, Eagan, Minnesota (September 28, 2016)