Compassion International Announces New General Counsel

Longtime board member Robert Hawkins to assume critical leadership role

  |   Posted: June 14, 2019

Robert Hawkins

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 14, 2019 – Following an extensive six-month search, Compassion International has named Robert L. Hawkins, Jr., Esq. as the organization’s new general counsel and senior vice president of its General Counsel Office.

Hawkins comes to Compassion with a breadth of expertise in law, strategy, execution, public relations, and marketing gained through legal and executive leadership in billion-dollar companies ranging from World Vision to Time Warner. He founded the Hawkins Counsel Group in 2009, which has grown to house an association of attorneys who provide legal counsel to both individuals and for-profit and non-profit organizations. His practice areas include corporate governance, business formation, contracts, real estate transactions, land use, landlord/tenant, copyrights, trademarks, licensing, wills, and trusts.

Hawkins earned his juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

He gained a profound knowledge of and passion for Compassion’s global ministry through 18 years of service on the International Board of Directors, five of which he performed as board chair.

“During my past six years of service with Robert on our board, I’ve repeatedly witnessed his unique ability to synthesize multifaceted issues to get right to the heart of a matter,” said Compassion president and CEO, Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado. “In many ways, Robert has already been playing the role of a wise and grounded counselor to me, which is also key for the general counsel role.”

Hawkins will join Compassion full-time beginning June 17.

“When I first joined Compassion’s board 18 years ago, I felt a strong calling from the Lord to serve children living in poverty,” said Hawkins. “I’m honored to continue in that calling, and I’m excited to join the Compassion team in this new capacity.”

About Compassion International

Founded in 1952, Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 7,500 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 2 million babies, children and young adults. Its Child Sponsorship Program has been validated through independent, empirical research.