Chief Operating Officer
Robert Sokol joined the National Cathedral in November 2010 as director of strategic programs. His first assignment was to lead a strategic planning effort, beginning with new mission and vision statements. This work concluded with the adoption of a plan and creation of an implementation roadmap to see strategic priorities realized. His second assignment has been to lead the enterprise of defining and implementing enhancements to the Cathedral visitor experience, along with new revenue sources to sustain core ministries. As COO, he assists the dean in streamlining operations across the organization beginning with visitor programs, programs, and communications.
Sokol comes to the Cathedral from the Library of Congress. He began his 12 years there as the creative director for the Librarian of Congress: building the agency’s homepage and many supporting websites, managing all creative development for the National Book Festival, developing proposals and delivering presentations for the Librarian’s fundraising priorities, and leading a team to create the institution’s new brand identity and messaging platform. The middle years were spent building the Library’s interactive visitor experience and developing educational programming around it, in effect creating a new public face for the institution. He left after having completed the Library’s strategic plan and Librarian’s management agenda as the senior advisor to the chief of staff.
Sokol’s education in US–Chinese political-economic relations was completed at Seattle University and Nanjing University, China. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons (both pre-primary age).