Alana Robinson has been a federal prosecutor since 1990. She served as the leader of the federal prosecutor's office for San Diego and Imperial Counties from February 2017 to November 2017, and has held almost every leadership position for her organization since 2003. Throughout her career, she has been entrusted with increasing responsibility due to her outstanding exercise of prosecutorial discretion, judgment, analytical abilities, and interpersonal skills.
Ms. Robinson has tried many cases involving a wide variety of crimes, including drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms trafficking, manslaughter, child endangerment, bank robbery, exportation of defense articles, and human smuggling among other offenses. She has extensive experience prosecuting Mexican cartels, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and other criminal organizations. Because of her decades of trial and litigation experience, Ms. Robinson has taught trial advocacy courses at the National Advocacy Center for over 15 years.
Her love of teaching and children has called her to volunteer to teach fifth grade students at underserved communities through Project LEAD (Legal Education and Decision-making). Ms. Robinson also volunteers to teach first graders at her local church. She has long been involved in the community, volunteering as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and as a parent volunteer at our local schools.
She is committed to ethical public service and serves on the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee and as an Ethics Advisor and Professional Responsibility Office in the federal prosecutor's office in San Diego.
Her father immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong as a teen and her maternal grandparents came to the United States from Mexico seeking a better life. Thanks to her grandparents, Ms. Robinson is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish Literature from the University of California, San Diego in 1985 and her juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.
Ms. Robinson grew up in Escondido, California and attended Del Dios Middle School, San Pasqual High School, and the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. For twenty years, she called Chula Vista home before relocating to La Jolla.