Richard Bland joined Washington National Cathedral in October 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer, a role in which he oversees all of the Cathedral’s public-facing operations and implementation of the strategic plan.
He has extensive experience leading publicly engaged faith-based organizations, including prior governance roles with Washington National Cathedral. For nearly a decade, Bland served the Cathedral as a member of the Cathedral Chapter and committee chairman, and more recently as a board member for the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, task force chairman and committee chairman.
Bland’s background and experience in nonprofit management, as well as a unique skillset that combines faith-based work and engagement in public life, make him ideally suited for his role at the Cathedral. Immediately prior to the Cathedral, Bland was the Chief Operating Officer of the Faith and Politics Institute. Prior to that, he led the government relations and development departments for Save the Children’s U.S. Programs; federal government relations department at the YMCA of the USA; and was special assistant to Jim Wallis at Sojourners. He began his career as a speechwriter and Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Bland holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, and a BA, Summa Cum Laude, from Bowdoin College. He is a longtime member of Christ Church Georgetown and lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C.